Keemo Paul during nets
West Indies allrounder Keemo Paul spoke to members of the media after the opening day of the third and final Test of the Wisden Trophy Series at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, on Saturday.
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Bowling brisk medium-fast, the 20-year-old got the ball to move both ways and showed great control. He took a wicket with the first ball on his comeback to Test cricket and ended the day with 2-42 off 16 overs. England batted all day to make 231-4 off 83 overs.
Paul was introduced as the fourth bowler and made an immediate impact when Keaton Jennings was caught at slip by Darren Bravo. He later had Rory Burns leg-before-wicket. England at one stage slipped to 107-4 in the 48th over before tea, but recovered thanks to an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 124 between Jos Buttler (67 not out) and Ben Stokes (62 not out).
“It was a good day for me, making a comeback to Test cricket. I got two wickets, I was hoping for more, but the guys batted pretty well and credit to Stokes and Buttler. I know my role, I know what to do with the ball. That wicket with my first ball was special… it got me going and the nerves just went way immediately. We have Shannon [Gabriel] and Kemar [Roach] who mentor me and tell me what to do sometimes. It’s a relaxing role for me to come in to,” Paul said.
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1st Test: Kensington Oval – Jan 23-27
WINDIES won by 381 runs
2nd Test: Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – Jan 31 to Feb 4
WINDIES won by 10 wickets
3rd Test: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Feb 9-13