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February 7, 2013
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Jamaica's hopes in youngsters hands - Bennett

Junior Bennett


Head coach Junior Bennett says he is pinning his hopes on young players stepping up as Jamaica prepares to defend their regional four-day and Super50 titles.

Jamaica, who are without a number of senior players, begins the defence of their Super50 title against Barbados at Kensington oval today.

Three new players in the squad, - André McCarty, Yanique Elliott and Zeniffe Fowler, are expected to complement the efforts of junior players Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cotterell and Jamie Merchant.

"We have lost a few senior players from last season's team, but we have a lot of youngsters in the team and so they just have to step up to the plate," said Bennett.

"We are just hoping that the youngsters will go out there and put their best foot forward and play some good cricket for us in both forms of the tournament."

experienced campaigners

Captain Tamar Lambert is leading a team that includes experienced campaigners Andrew Richardson, Nikita Miller, Odean Brown, all-rounders David Bernard Jr and wicketkeeper Carton Baugh Jr.

Jamaica will be without the services of experienced players Chris Gayle and André Russell, who are now in Australia on West Indies duties as well as the injured Marlon Samuels.

Danza Hyatt, Shawn Findlay, Krishmar Santokie, Brenton Parchment and Donovan Pagon are also missing from the Jamaica team.

"We are very confident because we have a few senior players in the team and a lot will depend on them to lead the team from in front," said Bennett.

"I believe that once they (senior players) can go out there and play good consistent cricket, then I believe that we will be competitive in both competitions."

The Jamaicans will be seeking their sixth consecutive hold on the four-day competition and their second straight Super50 title.

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