Updated: June 7, 2020 7:10:06 pm
Ambitious rookie West Indies pacer Oshane Thomas wants to be counted among greats and is aware of that Test cricket is the route he wants to comply with to realise his dream.
Thomas was named a reserve in West Indies’ 25-member squad for the England tour.
The 23-year-old has up to now represented West Indies in white-ball cricket after bursting onto the scene in 2018 however he’s but to play in the normal format, thought-about to be the holy grail.
“I definitely want to play Test cricket; I want to do well in all three formats,” Thomas, who has performed 20 ODIs and 12 T20Is for West Indies up to now, was quoted as saying by ‘Jamaica Observer’.
“Test cricket is really the ultimate that everyone wants to play to be great. You don’t want to just be an average cricketer; you want to be among the greats.”
Thomas had earned a call-up in the Test squad throughout final yr’s house collection towards England which West Indies received 2-1 however the teenager didn’t get a sport.
“I didn’t get to make my debut, but hopefully (I will) this time around,” he stated.
Besides the 11 reserves, West Indies have introduced a 14-man squad to tour England subsequent week for the proposed three-Test collection which is able to be held behind closed doorways in a bio-secure atmosphere to cut back the chance of transmission of the coronavirus.
Thomas stated he has obtained some phrases of encouragement from West Indies head coach Phil Simmons.
“Coach Phil (and I), we always have a talk. He says I can’t be bowling that fast — probably bowling the fastest in the Caribbean — and not play in his Test team,” stated the Jamaican, who has up to now scalped 27 wickets in 20 ODIs and claimed 15 wickets in 12 T20Is.
“I just want to relax, bowl, put the ball in the right areas and let the ball do the work. Even if I’m not playing I’ll be training and keeping my fitness up. If I’m not playing I want to learn as much as a can.”
Thomas was in good nick earlier than the coronavirus pandemic pressured a cricket shutdown throughout the globe.
The towering pacer had claimed a five-wicket haul in the primary T20I as West Indies blanked hosts Sri Lanka 2-0 in early March.
“Coming again from the Sri Lanka tour, taking a five-wicket haul after which the pandemic simply got here into play and no cricket. Last week is my first week again bowling on a pitch. I had been performing some little bowling right here and there.
“I’m very happy to be back bowling and I’m looking forward to playing Test cricket. It’s just up to me as a person; I just need to be fit and ready, and I should be in the Test team,” he stated.
Thomas had escaped severe accidents when he met an accident in February this yr.
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