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Hero Taylor thinks he can do better

BY SHERDON COWAN

Tuesday, March 04, 2014    

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Fast bowler Jerome Taylor made a strong comeback to first-class cricket, with his five-wicket haul assisting Jamaica to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Guyana at Sabina Park yesterday.

The 29-year-old, who hails from St Elizabeth, has been absent from cricket for over two and a half years due to a back injury. He announced his re-entry with a flurry of late wickets on day three of the four-day match to end with five for 44 on the last day.

"Being away from the game for such a long time and coming back with a performance such as this, I can't complain. I must give God thanks for giving me the strength and the courage to stay the course of the game and also to my family as well because they have always been there supporting me," Taylor told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

"I am really happy at this present time, although I still think I can do better than whatever performance I come up with. It is a work in progress and at the end of the day I ended with five wickets, so I will just keep doing what I have to do," said the St Elizabeth Technical High School past student.

The West Indies pacer told the Observer that he is physically ready and will continue to work on his strength in order to improve and move forward, but he is now focusing on representing his country well.

"Well, it is Jamaica business right now and I am concentrating on that. Hopefully, the performances here will take care of me getting back onto the regional team and if the selectors require my assistance in the West Indies set-up then I will grab it with both hands again," he said.

Taylor has so far taken 218 first-class wickets in 68 matches which includes 12 five-wicket hauls.

His last appearance for the West Indies was in 2010.

He also represented Kings Punjab XI and the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as well as the Stanford Superstars.

Nkrumar Bonner also sparked for the Jamaica team and was the topscorer in both innings of the game with 62 and 38. Bonner also took one wicket.

"It is a good feeling to make a positive contribution to assist the team in being successful, it is also good to have some runs to my name once more and I am happy for that," said the number three batsman.

John Campbell also made a positive start on his debut when he scored an even half-century in the first innings.

The 20-year-old Tacky High past student said it was a good feeling to open his first-class career with a positive contribution.

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