Con­fi­dent Dowrich ex­pects smooth tran­si­tion to one-day­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – S.F.

POTCHEFSTROOM, S A (CMC): WICKET-KEEPER SHANE Dowrich be­lieves his tran­si­tion to the one-day for­mat will not be a dif­fi­cult one, as he gears up for his first-ever 50-overs series with the West Indies side start­ing next week.

The 25-year-old was a late in­clu­sion in the 15-man squad for the Tri-Na­tions Series in Zim­babwe against the hosts and Sri Lanka, af­ter vet­eran bats­man Mar­lon Sa­muels pulled out.

Dowrich has been im­pres­sive in his eight Tests to date since mak­ing his de­but last year and said he was thrilled by the prospect of one-day cricket.

“I’m very ex­cited. Things seem to be go­ing my way this year. I’ve been putting in a lot of work in the back­ground, and it seems to be pay­ing off,” the Bar­ba­dian said here dur­ing the one-week camp.

“I’m ex­cited about the one­day tour; it’s a new chap­ter for me. I haven’t re­ally played a lot of one-day cricket but I think it is something to look for­ward, and it is something I am very in­ter­ested in as well.”

Dowrich is com­pe­tent glove­man and a stylish lower-or­der bats­man who has im­pressed with four half-cen­turies in 14 Test in­nings.

A pos­i­tive stroke-player, the right-han­der has al­ready gath­ered three first class hun­dreds, in av­er­ag­ing nearly 37.

How­ever, he said there would be tweaks needed for both his bat­ting and glove work, in or­der to be suc­cess­ful in the one-day for­mat.

“For me, one-day cricket is about be­ing smart. You have to look to bat 50 overs, but you still have to be pos­i­tive in your in­tent and I’m a pos­i­tive per­son, so I don’t think it will be a big tran­si­tion for me, but just be­ing se­lec­tive and be­ing able to pick gaps and that sort of stuff [will be im­por­tant],” he pointed out.

“In terms of the keep­ing, [I have to be] a lit­tle more ex­plo­sive and mo­bile in terms of movement. That’s all I have to re­ally work on go­ing into the one-day series.”

Dowrich made head­lines re­cently as West Indies stunned Pak­istan to win the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah by five wick­ets re­cently.

He stroked an up­beat, un­beaten 60 to help pull West Indies out of trou­ble at 67 for five, and steer them to their tar­get of 154 on the fi­nal day.

Dowrich said the vic­tory – the only one of the nine-match tour for West Indies – had been a huge boost for the Caribbean side.

“Ob­vi­ously, the vibe is very good around the setup right now. Af­ter win­ning the game, the guys are chirpy and you can see it in terms of the prac­tice ses­sions,” he noted.

Re­flect­ing on his role in the vic­tory, he said vice-cap­tain and fel­low Bar­ba­dian Kraigg Brath­waite who fin­ished not out on 60, had been an in­spi­ra­tion.

West Indies will leave here at week­end and play their first game of the Tri-Na­tions Series against Sri Lanka next Wed­nes­day in Harare.

Dowrich POS­I­TIVE STROKE PLAYER

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