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RYAN HINDS has not given u on playing Test cricket again and believes Barbados can make amends in this year’s regional first-class season after the disappointment of missing championship glory in the just ended 2012 Caribbean T20.

The four-day championship starts on February 3 but Barbados won’t be in action until the second round when they play Jamaica at Sabina Park from February 10 to 13.

“I’m pretty much excited about it.

I’m sure the selectors will do a fantastic job again in putting a 14-man side together and hopefully we can win that tournament. The future of our Barbados cricket is in good hand,” Hinds said on the popular Mason and Guest radio programme on Starcom Network on Tuesday night.

“Of course, I’m looking to play Test cricket again. Every year, I go out there, I always try to put myself in a position to represent the West Indies,” noted Hinds, who averages 21.04 in his 15 previous Tests but has amassed 6 630 runs (ave: 39.00) in 116 first-class matches and has taken 222 wickets at 27.29 runs apiece.

Best shot

Looking back at the Caribbean T20 when Barbados won their four preliminary group matches before losing the semi-final and third-place play-off matches, the 30-year-old Hinds contended the players gave it their best shot.

“We played really well and were unbeaten right up to the semi-finals.

The preparation was very good. The unity in the team was fantastic. Regardless of whoever leads the Barbados team, we always go out there to play with passion and pride,” he said.

“I thought we had a really good unit. We had a pretty well balanced team and at the end of the day I must commend the public for coming out and supporting us. They were right behind us from ball one right to the end, even in th semi-final, the atmosphere was very electrifying.”

Before a near-capacity crowd of just over 14 000 spectators, Barbados were routed for a paltry 90 in the semi-final and Trinidad and Tobago rallied from 45-5 to overhaul the target without losing another wicket.

“I’m very disappointed on our part not to have won but we left the field with our heads held high.

We gave it our best, but unfortunately, Trinidad were better than us on that night,” he said.

The former national captain said he wasn’t in a position to say why Barbados batted after winning the toss.

“What I can say, we had an opportunity to bat and we didn’t bat well. At the end of the day, we scored 90 runs and we went out there and looked like we could’ve defended the runs. We created a few opportunities, unfortunately we didn’t grasp them.”

‘A team man’

Hinds, who was relegated in the batting order, at times batting as low as No.8 and No.9, said he was “a team man”.

“Whatever position the captain or the management ask me to bat in, I will try to go out there and give of my best,” he said.

The experienced Hinds made it clear the players supported new captain Kirk Edwards and he personally would offer him any advice he needed.

“We are struggling for leaders, obviously for the West Indies team and  I see this as a perfect opportunity for Kirk Edwards to really stamp his authority. I will always be willing to help him. Whatever knowledge I’ve gained over the years from (Sherwin) Campbell, (Philo) Wallace (and) Courtney Browne, who has been very successful, I will pass on to Kirk.

“I don’t have a problem with helping people. I see that as my job now in the team, to pass on whatever knowledge I’ve gained throughout the years,” he said.


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