PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies offspinner Amit Jaggernauth believes the West Indies can beat Australia, although it will require a huge effort on the part of the regional team.
“This bunch of cricketers we have assembled is a very talented group and once they play to potential, I could see them winning against Australia,” Jaggernauth told CMC Sports.
“Cricket is about who performs on the day, and I think the potential of the guys is great enough to get a win. Of course, this would be an enormous task, but definitely it is not an impossible one.”
Jaggernauth, who is yet to make his Test debut, has been included in the West Indies 14-man squad for the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica, starting Thursday.
He warmed-up for the opening Test with figures off five for 33 against the Antigua Pro team, in a two-day practice match in St John’s last weekend.
The 24-year-old said he was looking forward to making his West Indies debut soon.
“I am bowling well at the moment. I am not up to where I want to be, but I am getting there and enjoying my cricket at the moment,” he said.
“I am hoping to get a game and looking to get into Test cricket. I think that I am ready for the international level, and I am just waiting on my opportunity to get started.
“Every time I play a match now it is about going out there and gaining confidence. It has been great working with the coach (John Dyson) who I think is doing a fine job in getting the best out of the players.
“The experience has been great and I have learnt a lot by being around the coaching staff and the team and will be looking to increase my knowledge of the game, as I move along.”
Jaggernauth said he envisioned a long career in the international game and would work hard to achieve this.
“This is what I want and I am ready and willing to make any sacrifice to get ahead with my cricket career,” he said.
“I know that my chance will come and it is about grabbing the opportunity with both hands.”