Blackwood eyeing triple figures in St Lucia Test

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August 09, 2016
Jermaine Blackwood

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):

Jamaica and West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood says he is disappointed at failing to convert either of his half-centuries in the last Test into a hundred, but said both innings had given him precious confidence ahead of the third Test starting here today.

Coming off a dreaded ?pair? in the opening Test in Antigua two weeks ago, the right-handed Blackwood played with lavish gay abandon before his home crowd at Sabina Park in the second Test, to come away with aggressive knocks of 62 and 63.

West Indies produced a

magnificent batting effort on the final day to force a draw in the

contest.

?It?s always good to play [before] your home crowd. It gives you extra confidence, and I was looking forward to it,? Blackwood said on Sunday.

?Right now I?m very confident. I [had] two back-to-back half-centuries so that would make any player confident. I would?ve liked to convert either one of them into a century, but that?s how cricket goes, so I just have to work harder, and hopefully, I can go out there in this third Test, and hope I can get a big one.?

Formerly the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, the ground holds fond memories for Blackwood. He scored a polished unbeaten half-century in the last Test played there two years ago, as West Indies crushed Bangladesh inside four days.

?I like to play here. This is one of my special grounds in the Caribbean,? Blackwood said.

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