Three years ago Shai Hope scored a whopping century in both the innings of a Test match against England as his team recorded a stunning five-wicket win at headingly.
West Indies batsman Shai hope is aiming to have a remarkable ‘turnaround’ in his Test career with England test series. Three years ago Hope became the first batsman to score two hundred in a match at headingly as his team registered a stunning five-wicket win over the opposition team in the second Test match. Yet those centuries were only two in his 31 test matches being played. Hope is now averaging a modest 27.23.
The test match average contrasts with his impressive average of 52.20 from 78 One-Day Internationals suggesting that he is eager to boost his Test figures during Next month’s three match series to be held in England. “You’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know that you can get something done and it’s not really portraying on your stats card,” said Hope in a conference call on Tuesday.
The Manchester ground is the venue for the second & third test match against England to be held behind closed doors in Southampton on July 8. “I just have to continue believing in myself and back my ability because I know I can get it done,” he said.
The key is to make sure that I make use of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win.” The 26 year old, Shai Hope said “red ball is my favorite part of the game,” but he struggled to explain the difference between his Test & One-Day records. “It’s probably more of a mental thing,” he said. “You just get out more in Test cricket, it seems. Hopefully I can turn it around in this series and move on from there.”
“It’s probably more of a mental thing,” he said. “You just get out more in Test cricket, it seems. Hopefully I can turn it around in this series and move on from there.”
West Indies lost the 2017 series by 2-1 but they hold the Wisden Trophy after defeating England by the same scores i.e. 2-1 in the Caribbean last year. And the pressure on batsmen such as Hope and Kraig Brathwaite to deliver will be even greater after Darren Bravo and Shimon Hetmyer didn’t to tour during the coronavirus pandemic
“We’re missing a few key players so it’s very important for us as top-order batters to get those runs on the board, especially in the first part of the game,” Hope said. “As soon as you get those starts, you’ve got to make sure you capitalize and go big for the side.”