Shai Hope may not have had a great time as far as his Test cricket career is concerned in the past two-three years but the right-hander is convinced he can emulate his 2017 exploits against England.
Hope scripted history last time around when he racked up hundreds in each innings of the Test match at Leeds to help West Indies chase down 322 in the fourth innings.
Hope hasn’t got a Test hundred since then but he is confident of turning it around, and its case of making the most of the opportunities.
“I just need to have the continued belief in myself, back my ability because I know I can get it done, it’s not like I haven’t done it before,” Hope told media via a video conference at Old Trafford ahead of the series starting July 8.
“It’s a case of making sure I make the most of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win. Obviously, you’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know you can get something done but it’s not really portraying on the stats,” he added.
“Red-ball batting is definitely my favorite part of the game”- Shai Hope
Shai Hope has been in brilliant form in ODI cricket in the past few years. In the last three years, the right-hander has scored eight centuries and 13 half-centuries at an average of 57- the best figures for any West Indian keeper ever.
Last year, the opener was in swashbuckling form as he averaged over 60 in One-day cricket and the right-hander wants to carry his form in red-ball cricket as well.
“Red-ball batting is definitely my favorite part of the game but the runs and the stats aren’t exactly where we want them to be, but I’m working towards that. I can’t pinpoint anything (wrong) at this stage, because I wouldn’t say my preparation has changed,’ Shai Hope reckoned.
“I don’t think it’s anything major when it comes to my technical side of the game. There are certain things you can tweak, as you go along. I would probably say it’s more of a mental thing. Hopefully, I can turn it around and move on from there,” Hope said.
West Indies will be locking horns in a three-match Test series next month against England. The tourists will play two inter-squad warm-up games in Manchester before they move to Southampton for the first Test, starting July of 08.