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Opening batsman Kieran Powell is back in the West Indies squad for the ODI series against England later this month, and he made it clear that he aims to keep hold of his spot this time around.
Back in 2014, Powell was dropped from the national team and in January last year, it seemed as if he was ready to give up the sport altogether in favour of baseball.
But, after that didn’t work out, he returned to play for Leeward Islands and had a superb showing at the Regional Super50, West Indies’ 50-over competition, where he scored 513 runs, which included three centuries and two fifties, from nine matches at an average of 64.12.
As a result, the national selectors rewarded him by giving him another opportunity to represent the West Indies. With that in mind, Powell has every intention of cementing his place in the squad.
“Lots of people don’t get an opportunity to play international cricket and I’m having a second opportunity,” the 26-year-old said. “I just need to maximise it and not put myself under any pressure but continue to work hard, that’s the key to it. I’ve been working very hard, I’ve felt like a completely different person to when I just started to play cricket so hopefully this can carry on.”
But, for Powell, getting back into the ODI side is just the first step as he wants to use the England series as a launching pad to resurrect his Test and Twenty20 International career.
“Hopefully my performances can push me into the Test and the Twenty20 teams as well but I need to go out and do my best and make sure that I don’t leave that in the hands of others,” he said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. Being back in cricket after such a long time, it’s an opportunity and a good privilege. I’m honoured to be here and hopefully I can get some big scores.”