Chanderpaul anxious to score

August 1st, 2012 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Kingston (Jamaica), Aug 1 (IANS/CMC) Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul says he is anxious to improve his game when the West Indies face New Zealand in the second and final cricket Test at Sabina Park Jamaica Thursday.

Chanderpaul, a usually reliable middle order batsman, was caught behind for a duck in the West Indies mammoth second innings total of 522 in the first Test in Antigua.

The 37-year-old Guyanese, who has slipped two places in the ICC Test rankings to number four, says he wants to be among the runs in Jamaica, CMC reports.

“It seems to be a habit. Lots of times when runs scoring, I am not into it,” said Chanderpaul who now trails South Africa’s Hashim Amla by just six ratings points in the ICC Test rankings.

“But I am hoping I can change that and hopefully get some runs in this match and hopefully everybody else performs also.”

The West Indies will be hoping for a rare series win needing only to avoid defeat to take the two-match series following their victory in Antigua Sunday.

Chanderpaul said the team has renewed confidence ahead of the second Test.

“It is a new game. I know we have some confidence coming from the last game but still we have to assess again. We have to go out and play well and once we do that we can come out on top again,” he told reporters at a news conference in Kingston Tuesday.

“We have been playing some top teams around the world and we have been taking Test matches into the last day and it is something we have not done a lot of in the past and now we have been doing more of it and one day we would be able to turn the corners,” he added.


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