Seales eyes senior WI spot

February 14, 2020


Following an impressive showing at the just-concluded ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, Trinidadian fast bowler Jayden Seales is already targeting West Indies senior team honours.

He was one of the tournament's leading fast bowlers with 10 wickets as West Indies Under-19s reached the quarter-finals before bowing out with a fifth-place finish.

Seales said his aim was now to make his first-class debut, with the ultimate dream of representing West Indies in the longest format.

"I always told my father I wanted to play Test cricket. I want to open the bowling in Test cricket," Seales told NewsDay here.

"For me, right now it is about staying fit, training harder, getting myself ready to play four-day cricket and, hopefully, get into West Indies A team or the senior team soon enough to play for the senior team in Test cricket."

Seales played a critical role in the Windies success in the group stages. His four-wicket haul in the Caribbean side's opener sent pre-tournament favourites Australia tumbling cheaply for 179, setting up a three-wicket win.

And even though he went wicketless in the second game against highly-regarded England, his 10 overs cost just 21 runs as opposing batsmen found the going difficult against him.

Seales produced another four-wicket haul against minnows Nigeria, helping West Indies to finish the group stage unbeaten.

For his efforts, Seales was one of two West Indies players - the other was all-rounder Nyeem Young - to be selected to the team-of-the-tournament.

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