Jermaine Blackwood was disappointed for not finishing the game
Despite his hit of 95 game wins, Jermaine Blackwood was disappointed that for not finishing the game for Windies’ side against England in the first test. He also added that there was no pressure on him, coach Phil Simmons and Jason Holder trusting his instincts.
When the West Indies were reduced to 27-3 at the Rose Bowl, all nervous eyes were watching Jofra Archer who was talking about the ball. On the back of the Windies record outside the house with the bat, almost all of them without a few ruled out their chances in the fourth inning, chasing 200. But a man, who was in the middle of all things, Jermaine Blackwood sealed the deal for visitors. His 154-ball 95, where he attacked the English bowling pack from Archer-Wood-Anderson, saw Windies overcome the English challenge with a four-window victory.
Despite the victory and his exceptional shots under pressure, Jermaine Blackwood admitted he was disappointed not to finish the game for the West Indies. In the four tests that the right-hander contested against England away from home, he has an average of 42 and his only century of testing is ironically opposed to the Three Lions in 2015.
“It was very moving for me when I went out, not because I went out, it is because I did not cross my team. I was not thinking of the hundred, I was just thinking of winning the game for my team. I was very disappointed with myself when I came out at this point in the game, “he told the Jamaica Observer, Hindustan Times reported.
However, he added that there has never been any kind of pressure on the Jamaican man to do what he did. Recalling his confidence in the locker room, Blackwood admitted that Phil Simmons and Jason Holder had simply asked him to play his natural game. The 28-year-old, at the end of his 700-race season with Jamaica, assured that Windies emerged unscathed from the competition with a four-window victory.
“At no time was I going to fight in the second run, I felt the pressure. Just before batting, the coach (Phil Simmons) and the captain both told me to play my natural game, but to be selective, “he concluded.