West Indies opener Shai Hope has high hopes from the tour of England. Shai Hope wants to improve his performance in Test cricket by giving the team a good start in the three-match series to be held next month.
Shai Hope’s performance in test cricket is not special if we compare it to his ODI performance. He has scored 1498 runs in 31 Tests at an average of just 27.23. At the same time, in ODI cricket, he has 3289 runs in 78 ODIs at an average of 52.2.
Hope said during the video conference on Tuesday,
“Red-ball batting is definitely my favorite part of the game but the runs and the stats aren’t exactly where we want them to be, but I’m working towards that. I can’t pinpoint anything [wrong] at this stage, because I wouldn’t say my preparation has changed,”
“You’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know that you can get something done and it’s not really portraying on your stats card. I just have to continue believing in myself and back my ability because I know I can get it done. The key is to make sure that I make use of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win.” he added
It is a mental thing- Shai Hope
Shai Hope feels it is a mental thing performing well in ODI, not in the Test cricket. He added,
“It’s probably more of a mental thing.You just get out more in Test cricket, it seems. Hopefully, I can turn it around in this series and move on from there.”
The Test series between England and West Indies will be played in a bio-safe environment. With this Test series, international cricket will make a comeback. Because cricket has been closed all over the world due to the coronavirus since mid-March.
The first match of the Test series will be played at the Ages Bowl from 8 to 12 July. While the remaining two matches will be played at the Old Trafford. The second Test will be played from 16 July while the third match will be played from 24 July.
Old Trafford will be the West Indies team’s base for a period of three weeks before departing the Ages Bowl for the first Test. The West Indies players who have come to England for this Test series do not include Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, and Chemo Paul.
Follow sweepcricket for more updates.