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West Indies Opening Batsman Johnson Charles: “We Just Got To Look To Step It Up”

West Indies opening batsman Johnson Charles is singing the praise of team West Indies as they opened their account on a winning note in the United Arab Emirates.

He noted that the team is in high spirit ahead of Friday’s first Twenty20 International against Pakistan in the UAE.

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Johnson Charles who scored 42 in the West Indies’ win against the Emirates Cricket Board X1 in their one-off T20 warm-up match earlier in the week said the team needs to get acclimatized quickly and put in some hard work.

“Definitely we were looking for a win, and that we got. We don’t want to start the tour off on a losing note. I thought we played decent enough, and we just got to look to step it up when the tournament starts,” said Charles.

He also commended the UAE for their batting performance in chasing down the Windies score of 166-7, from their 20 overs.

The Emirates Cricket Board X1 made 144.

“I think they played very good all round cricket, they were good in the field and with the bat and congratulations to them. They’re an international side and a very good one too so we’re just going to go back to the drawing board, get some good practices in and just come hard at them,” Charles told the press.

Additionally, he said, “My innings could have been better but the pitch was a bit on the slow side, it was very dry so there will definitely  have to be some change in the way I play. All in all, it still was a good innings. I think we still need to get accustomed. There is still a bit of jet lag. We just got to get passed that and put in a lot of work.”

Charles said despite not fully adapting to the conditions in the UAE, the team is still upbeat ahead of the series against Pakistan.

He expressed high praises for debutants Nicholas Pooran who top-scored with 47 and Jamaican Rovmon Powell who made 38 in the practice match.

The Windies are set to play their first of three T20 Internationals on Friday.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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