January 13, 2015
Kenroy Peters looking for more tests

With one test under his belt, Vincentian left arm seamer Kenroy Peters is looking to notch up more.

Peters returned home last Friday night from South Africa, after being summoned by the West Indies selectors last December as a replacement for the injured Kemar Roach in the just concluded three-match test series there.{{more}}

He was immediately in action in the second test in Port Elizabeth, which started on Boxing Day.

Peters, who opened the bowling for the West Indies, finished with two wickets at the cost of 69 runs from 20 overs, seven of which were maidens.

And, despite not making the final cut for the third and final test, Peters is upbeat that he will not be a one-test wonder.

He is looking to the rest of the regional four-day competition, the Professional Cricket League, to enhance his claims for further selection.

“I am looking to continue my form and I am going to allow my form to select me for the next test series,” Peters projected.

Peters, 32, who was the leading wicket taker in the 2014 West Indies Cricket Board tournament, said that his belated entry into the test cricket was made easier by the support given to him by the West Indies backroom staff.

Singling out bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose and team manager Richie Richardson, Peters commented: “You have a legend in someone like Curtly Ambrose, Richie Richardson, these guys and they believe in you, it gives you that motivation that you can go out there and give your all.”

Peters said that as a youngster, after looking at Ambrose bowling on television, he would then go in his backyard and try to emulate him.

Peters said it was therefore an added boost to work with Ambrose, as he was his childhood fast bowling idol.

Reflecting on his brief stint with the regional team, Peters recalled, “One of the most challenging parts of the tour was getting off the plane, getting a couple hours sleep, then hearing the news that you are in the first eleven… And you are playing against the number one team; that is not going to be easy.”

Peters recalled that once he got the first set of jitters off, he went about his work as best he could.

He said that he would always remember and cherish his first test wicket, that of left-handed opening batsman Dean Elgar (121), who was caught behind by captain Denesh Ramdin.

“Before the game started, I visualised getting Elgar out… One of my main reasons was I realized that he was pushing outside the off stump and I knew if I could get that ball to slightly go away, that I would achieve that goal of my first wicket,” Peters revealed.

Still basking in his debut in test cricket, Peters noted that he is readying himself to switch gear and represent the Windwards in the Nagico Super-50 tournament, which bowls off this Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago.(RT)