Mature Blackwood intent on batting for longer periods

first_img… credits Radford, time away from team as factors behind successBy Clifton Ross FRESH off his match-winning knock, West Indies middle-order Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood said confidence and new approach to batting are the catalysts behind his success. During a Zoom interview recently, the Jamaican who bullied his way back into the Test side, after heading the run charts this past Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day season, was oozing confidence following his classy 95.Blackwood had played a gruelling innings, batting for hours accumulating just 4 fours from 154 balls, during the Caribbean team’s second innings.Quickly identifying Windies batting coach Toby Radford as one of the figures behind his current run with the bat, Blackwood lauded his coach for the feedback provided during these difficult times of training.“I work with Toby, I sent him some clips with my training and he communicated back to me, so I thank him for what he has done for me,” he saidRegarding his approach to the innings which helped his side draw first blood in the away series, the Jamaican Scorpions skipper said, “To be honest it wasn’t difficult at all; it was mental for me, it wasn’t too much of a technical thing. I told myself I was going to bat and once I face a 100 or 200 balls I know that I’ll score runs,” said a poised Blackwood.After dominating the Regional batting charts this past COVID-affected season which Barbados Pride eventually won on points; the right-hander rated his return to the international side and circuit, right up there with his memorable knocks.“It’s certainly up there having not played for West Indies for about three years. coming back and performing was pretty amazing. I was a bit disappointed when I got out but I was more worried about getting the team across the line,” said and unselfish Blackwood.With the second Test set for July 16 at Old Trafford, Blackwood who scored his first Test ton in England against the home team back in 2015, said he was more fixed on batting for longer periods rather than just going on and attacking the bowling carelessly.“Looking back when I started playing I would have gone after the ball from ball one, but this year I said I was going to give myself a chance and bat as long as possible so I wasn’t really thinking much about scoring,” he ended.Windies will be looking to go 2-0 when the second Test bowls off today at the famous Old Trafford ground in Manchester.last_img read more

Man City cut Liverpool’s lead to 22 points with win over West Ham [VIDEO]

first_imgKevin de Bruyne made one goal and scored another as Manchester City easily saw off West Ham in their first game since being banned from European competition for two years by Uefa.Friday’s punishment – which City say they will appeal against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – has cast a shadow over the club’s future but brought a defiant reaction from their fans inside the ground.There were frequent anti-Uefa chants in the first half, with the loudest coming just after Rodri had met Kevin de Bruyne’s corner at the near post to break the deadlock with a flicked header that Aymeric Laporte may have helped over the line.City’s supporters had brought banners too, with some reading ‘Uefa cartel’ and ‘Uefa mafia’, and there were also plenty of songs in support of manager Pep Guardiola and the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour.On the pitch, the City players certainly did not seem to be lacking any focus and only some poor finishing, notably by Gabriel Jesus, stopped this from being a much more comfortable Premier League victory.West Ham offered little in response, managing only six touches in the opposition area, and failing to register a single shot at goal until Michail Antonio blasted over with 15 minutes left.The Hammers remain in the relegation zone, a point adrift of safety after a run of six league games without a win and with a trip to Anfield looming on Monday as their next test.At the other end of the table, Guardiola’s side are now four points clear of third-placed Leicester but even this win leaves them a distant second to leaders Liverpool, who are 22 points clear with 12 games remaining,Off the pitch, City are clearly up for the fight but they will have to be the same on it, with three competitions still up for grabs even though the defence of their Premier League title is all but over.Take a look at the highlights below3️⃣ points2️⃣ goals1️⃣ clean sheetThe best bits from our victory over the Hammers…🔵 #MCIWHU #ManCity— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2020last_img read more

Australian Open: Damir Džumhur Going to the Third Round

first_imgB&H tennis player Damir Džumhur has qualified for the third round of the Australian Open, after Ivan Dodig called it quits due to an injury, and trailing behind with a score 4:6, 4:6, 6:3, 4:1.Džumhur was on the verge of a tie. He led 4:1 in the fourth set with two breaks, after Dodig won the first two sets with 6:4, and Džumhur won the third set with 6:3.In the third round, Džumhur will play against Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic, who is currently number 7 on the ATP list.With this win, Džumhur has achieved the best result so far of all the other tennis players who have defended the flag of B&H.Damir Džumhur was joined by a group of B&H fans who were cheering him on during the match from the stands.(Source: read more