I can make a difference - Chanderpaul
Sidelined West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul believes he could still make a difference if he was in Australia with the regional team.
Chanderpaul, who currently averages 45.20 in the WICB First-Class Championship, made the revelation last week following the Guyana Jaguars' comprehensive 117-run win over Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.
"I'm still here, still playing, and still available," said Chanderpaul, who missed the Jamaica match due to a minor shoulder injury he picked up in the previous round against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
"My form is pretty OK as I have scored over 200 runs so far in five innings, and average over 40. This, also, is considering the wickets that we have been playing on."
The West Indies, beaten by Australia 2-0 in a home series in June, for which Chanderpaul was dropped, lost the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs inside three days.
This has prompted some
cricket analysts to question his omission. Chanderpaul, prior to a dip in form over the past year, has been the West Indies' most solid middle-order batsman.
"I don't know what would have happened down there, but it is always good to have some experience around with the younger guys. It helps them," he said.
Chanderpaul made 82 against Trinidad and Tobago in the lone innings he batted, as Guyana, current leaders in the championship, were run away victors by an innings and 49 runs.
It was his second half-century of the campaign, and, according to him, he is looking to better his performances and finished high up on the list of top batsmen at the end of the season.
The second of the ongoing three-match Test series against Australia is slated to bowl off on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.