Jermaine Blackwood, the Jamaica born West Indies middle order batsman, is an attacking Cricketer by nature and instinct. Making his Test debut in 2014, he smashed 63 against hosts New Zealand and proceeded to score his maiden Test hundred five matches later, an unbeaten 112* against England at North Sound. However, owing to his inconsistent run with the bat, he has been spending his time in the sidelines after being dropped in 2017 following a string of low scores.
Blackwood is now determined to bat for longer periods of time upon receiving the opportunity, while ensuring that he gets to punish the bad balls severely. He told the Press Association, “Over the years people have got the wrong impression about me, like I’m a ball-beater or whatever. But it’s just natural for me, I’m from the Caribbean, it’s only natural for me to score runs. I want to add a little bit more to my game and bat time. I’m really pushing hard for that and I’m really putting the mental work as well in to bat time. Once I bat time, I will score runs.”
Blackwood acknowledged that facing the England attack in their home turf is a challenging prospect, but that has only strengthened his resolve to make the most of an opportunity to prove himself. He said, “It’s been two and a half years that I’ve been out of the Test team. This opportunity has come out and I have to grab it with both hands. I have something to go out there and prove against all the best bowlers in the world, I want to score runs against them.”
“I always love to play against England because they are one of the best teams in the world and they have one of the best attacks in the world as well. Anderson and Broad are two world class bowlers so whenever I get the chance, once I bat some time against them I know I will score runs. They are wonderful bowlers but once I can wear them down and let them bowl spell after spell, that is going to be the key thing for me in this series.”