West Indies batsman Shai Hope is assured of replicating his 2017 heroics against England in the upcoming three-Test sequence however admitted that his stats in the longest format haven’t precisely been the perfect for some time. Hope hasn’t scored a ton because the 2017 Headingley Test heroics when he scored centuries in each the innings to lead his facet to a a lot-cherished victory against England, chasing a frightening 322-run goal.
“I just need to have the continued belief in myself, back my ability because I know I can get it done, it’s not like I haven’t done it before,” Hope instructed media through a video convention at Old Trafford forward of the sequence beginning July 8. West Indies are getting ready for his or her first worldwide cricket sequence since March this yr as sporting actions got here to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hope says he has it in him to do nicely once more when West Indies tackle England in a bio-safe setting. “It’s a case of making sure I make the most of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win. Obviously, you’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know you can get something done but it’s not really portraying on the stats,” he mentioned.
The 26-year-outdated has a powerful report in ODI cricket, the place he has scored 3289 runs from 78 matches at a median of 52.20. In the final three years, Hope has made eight centuries and 13 fifties in ODIs at a median of 57 – the perfect figures by a wicket-keeper in the West Indies cricket historical past.
Last yr, he scored 1,345 runs at a median of 61.13 – together with a memorable match-successful ton against India in Chennai however he has not loved constant success in Test cricket. He desires to enhance on that depend. “Red-ball batting is certainly my favorite a part of the sport however the runs and the stats aren’t precisely the place we wish them to be, however I’m working in the direction of that. I can’t pinpoint something (improper) at this stage, as a result of I wouldn’t say my preparation has modified.
“I don’t assume it’s something main when it comes to my technical facet of the sport. There are sure issues you possibly can tweak, as you go alongside. I might in all probability say it’s extra of a psychological factor. Hopefully, I can flip it round and transfer on from there,” Hope mentioned. West Indies may have two inter-squad heat-up matches in Manchester earlier than they journey to Southampton for the sequence-opener. The three-day match shall be performed from June 23 and the 4-day match from June 29.