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January 29, 2014
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Young batsman Campbell hoping to impress
Jermaine Lannaman, STAR Writer


John Campbell - File

Former West Indies Under-19 opener, John Campbell, is hoping to impress during the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The youngest member of Jamaica's 14-member squad, Campbell is one of seven batsmen who will be hoping to fill gaps left by the absence of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who are both nursing injuries.

"I was surprised when it was announced that I was in the final squad," said Campbell, who, along with Barbadian Kraig Brathwaite, were standouts during the 2012 ICC Youth World Cup in Australia. Campbell scored 105 against England in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

"A lot of senior and more experienced batsmen were a part of the trials, and I felt that that they would have been ahead of me as I did not make any big scores.

"But I guess the selectors saw that although I was not getting big scores, I was batting fairly well and getting good starts."

The left-handed Campbell, who made a highest score of 43 at the trials, will be playing his second regional tournament, having played in the final instalment of the Caribbean Twenty20, also in Trinidad last January.

That tournament, however, is best forgotten for the St Mary native whose returns read zero, 13, nine, zero, and 17.

Campbell says he is looking forward to a better season.

"It was a learning experience and having been a part of the (WICB) High Performance Centre in Barbados since June, I believe my game has improved.

"I am, therefore, hoping to go to Trinidad make as many runs as I can, and hopefully, it will be enough to help the team win."

The Super50 gets going tomorrow with Jamaica and title-holders Windward Islands squaring off in the opener at Queen's Park Oval, beginning at 1 p.m.

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