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May 8, 2014
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Bennett says Blackwood future WI pick

Jamaica's cricket coach Junior Bennett - file

National coach Junior Bennett is not surprised that young batsman Jermaine Blackwood topped the West Indies Cricket Board Four-day Tournament batting standings.

Blackwood, in his first full season, compiled a total of 611 runs from eight matches, at an average of 40.73.

The total is 63 more than fellow countryman and Combined Campuses and Colleges representative, Shacaya Thomas, who played two matches less and scored 548 at 45.66.

Out-of-favour West Indies opener Devon Smith of the Windwards finished third with 539 from eight matches at 35.93.

"I'm not really surprised at him coming out on top as he has the talent," said Bennett.

"If you notice from last year, he had been getting starts, but just was not carrying on.

"This was largely due to him wanting to play a lot of attacking shots.

"This year, he again started out a bit like that, however, throughout the season, we were able to talk to him, and get him to curb his instincts.

"He thereafter started to improve on his shot selection and by virtue of that batted longer."

Bennett, who is also coach of West Indies 'A', believes that if the 22-year-old continues to work hard at his game, there is no doubt that he will represent the West Indies in the future.

"The upward mobility of a player depends on how much he wants it. But if he continues to work hard he should definitely play at the next level," Bennett said.

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