DaSilva us­ing Eng­land tour to learn

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD CMC:

Un­capped wick­et­keeper/bats­man Joshua DaSilva says his call-up to the re­serves for the tour of Eng­land is a boost for his ca­reer, and he will use the ex­pe­ri­ence as a learn­ing curve.

The right-han­der, who turns 22-year-old later this month, im­pressed in his first full first-class sea­son and has earned a place in the 11-man re­serves which will ac­com­pany the main 14-man Test squad for the three-Test se­ries.

“Be­ing se­lected is def­i­nitely a big mo­ti­va­tion to me,” the Trinida­dian told TV6 here.

“Just to be part of the re­serves and to go to Eng­land with the team and to be able to learn from the se­nior play­ers and ex­pe­ri­ence how it is in a Test set-up, and to gain that ex­pe­ri­ence will def­i­nitely bet­ter my ca­reer.

“All the train­ing I will get will help me in years to come and make me a far bet­ter player.

“I will def­i­nitely try to take in as much in­for­ma­tion that I can with this op­por­tu­nity and it is some­thing you don’t get ev­ery day, and it is so early in my ca­reer so it is def­i­nitely some­thing I will take ad­van­tage of and ask as many ques­tions that I can, es­pe­cially from [Shane] Dowrich and [Shai] Hope who both play sim­i­lar roles to mine.”

Com­pact and or­gan­ised, DaSilva stood out dur­ing the re­cent first-class sea­son, gath­er­ing 507 runs at an av­er­age of 50 to lead Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s bat­ting.

AN UN­BEATEN 113

He struck his maiden first-class hun­dred in the first se­ries of the cham­pi­onship – an un­beaten 113 against Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons in Tarouba.

“All my fam­ily and friends are very happy for me and they have been very en­cour­ag­ing,” DaSilva said.

“Even when I was just on the pro­vi­sional squad my par­ents were like, ‘yeah, you’re go­ing’ so I never had any doubts that I would be head­ing to Eng­land.

“They’ve just been look­ing at all the mea­sures be­ing put in place to make sure it is safe and ev­ery­one is happy with it so I was never in any doubt about mak­ing the trip.”

The Windies are fac­ing Eng­land in cricket’s first-ever “bio-se­cure” se­ries which see both teams heav­ily iso­lated for the du­ra­tion of the seven-week tour, played amid the COVID-19 pan­demic

Tests will be played at “bio-se­cure” en­vi­ron­ments at the Ageas Bowl in Southamp­ton and Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, with strict sani­ti­sa­tion and so­cial-dis­tanc­ing pro­to­cols em­ployed.

The team left the Caribbean yes­ter­day and will un­dergo a two-week quar­an­tine at Old Traf­ford.

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