Skype is the limit for Pow­ell and Toby

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Peck

KIERAN Pow­ell could be set to face Eng­land next month hav­ing scored three cen­turies in his last four matches, but one of the men be­hind the West In­dian’s re­vival has been coach­ing him from Cardiff.

Pow­ell, who once scored two cen­turies in the same Test, has been pil­ing on the runs for the Lee­ward Is­lands in the Re­gional Su­per50, where Kent are also play­ing. In­deed, the 26-year-old smashed 106 against Sam North­east, Dar­ren Stevens and Co this week.

But hav­ing strug­gled a few weeks ago, Pow­ell was left search­ing his con­tacts and com­ing across for­mer Glam­or­gan coach Toby Rad­ford, who gave the left-han­der some tips.

Rad­ford, who is West Indies cur­rent bat­ting and as­sis­tant coach to Stu­art Law, told The Cricket Pa­per: “Kieran Pow­ell and I go back a long way. When I first set up the high-per­for­mance cen­tre in the West Indies, Kieran was on that first in­take. We worked to­gether when he was in the main West Indies side too.

“I went out to the Lee­ward Is­lands last year and caught up with him then but out of the blue, two weeks ago, he sent me a mes­sage ask­ing if we can do some work to­gether.

“I’m go­ing out there any­way for the Eng­land tour soon, but he wanted to send me some clips.

“So he filmed him­self bat­ting in the nets, sent me a few dif­fer­ent bunches of clips and I looked at them. They were a few tech­ni­cal is­sues that we went over a few years back, and he’s just fall­ing back into old habits.

“The fol­low­ing morn­ing we video-called on Skype and I gave him a few tech­ni­cal tips and put him back on the drills we used to do. He’s taken them on board and can’t stop scor­ing runs since.”

So Rad­ford, 45, is al­ready help­ing the West Indies in their quest to beat Eng­land next month with the Three Li­ons vis­it­ing the Caribbean for three ODIs at the be­gin­ning of March.

The for­mer Mid­dle­sex and Sus­sex bats­man added: “There’s lots of cricket for West Indies to look for­ward to. I toured with the West Indies when we were here a few years back. I re­ally en­joy it and you just take on who­ever you need to as a job.”

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