Providence - Having retired from the longest format of the game less than
a year ago West Indies seamer Jerome Taylor has done a 360 and made himself
available for selection for Test cricket.
This decision means he is now available for selection in all
three formats of the game.
Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his
retirement from the longest version of the game.
“I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I
know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said
Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all
for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I
believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.”
Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece,
with best figures of 6-47 against Australia in June, 2015 on home soil at
Sabina Park in Jamaica. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106
against New Zealand in December, 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin.
Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel,
Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement.
“It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of
retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at
the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the
resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience
adds value to our player pool,” Browne said.
West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match
series, later this month (April 21 - 25), starting with the historic 50th Test
at Sabina Park.