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November 30, 2012
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Bennett expects better T20 show from Jamaica
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer

Junior Bennett

National coach Junior Bennett says he is expecting an improved performance from the team at next month's Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, given the fact that local players have been playing more Twenty20 cricket in recent years.

Jamaica, despite having explosive players in their line-up, have never won the Caribbean Twenty20, which is entering its fourth season.

"One of the reasons we have struggled to perform in the Caribbean T20, since its inception, was that our players were underexposed to the format when compared to other teams," said Bennett.

"The situation, however, in recent years has changed, with more and more Twenty20 cricket being played in the country, including two national competitions this year.

"This is the kind of preparation that the players need to become more familiar with the format, and what is required, and I believe as a result we could do much better than we have done in previous years."

In 2010, Jamaica finished fourth at the tournament, which was won by Guyana, while in 2011 they finished third behind Barbados and eventual winners Trinidad and Tobago.

They, however, showed an improvement last year when they made it to the final only to go down by 63 runs to the Trinidadians.

The winner of the Caribbean Twenty20 takes home US$62,500 (J$5,562,500), and gains an automatic spot to the qualifying of lucrative Champions League Twenty20 championship, which features teams from the top eight Test-playing countries.

The Champions League Twenty20 winner's prize is US$2.5 (J$222,500,000) million.

Jamaica, which will be without main players Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels due to their participation in the simultaneous Australia Big Bash League, will be captained by Tamar Lambert, and will include Andre Russell, Nikita Miller, Danza Hyatt, David Bernard Jr and Krishmar Santokie.

JA SQUAD: Tamar Lambert (captain), David Bernard Jr (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, André Russell, Danza Hyatt, André McCarthy, Jamie Merchant, Nikita Miller, Odean Brown, Krishmar Santokie, Yannick Elliott, Sheldon Cotterell, Aldane Thomas, John Campbell.

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