Jerome Taylor, the West Indies fast bowler, has formally announced his decision to come out of Test retirement with immediate effect.
The right-arm fast bowler, who quit Test cricket in July last year prior to the four-match series against India, has conveyed his decision to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and has made himself available for selection in the Test team. It means he is available for a place in the team for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan.
The 32-year old, whose last Test appearance had come in January 2016 against Australia, feels that he still has a lot to offer to the Wet Indies cricket and add the much-needed experience to the young Test team.
“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,” Taylor said. “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.”
Courtney Browne, the chairman of the WICB, also welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement before adding that the availability of the experienced bowler will add ‘value’ to the player pool.
“It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again,” Browne said. “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.”
Taylor has played 46 Tests so far and has taken 130 wickets at an average of 34.46 in addition to scoring 856 runs including a century.