Baker’s set for England fight

BRADES, Montserrat (CMC) West Indies fast bowler Lionel Baker is recharging his batteries at home before the hard work begins in the home series against England next month.

Baker, 24, returned home after a two-month tour with the regional side to Abu Dhabi and New Zealand. Upon his arrival, he told reporters that the long journey from New Zealand, where he made his Test debut last month, had left him exhausted.

‘I just want to get some rest, stay home with my family and then, after a week’s time, its back to cricket again,’ said Baker, who will await word on his selection for the four-Test and five-match One-Day International series against old rivals England.

Baker did not take a wicket in his solitary Test. He said he was not happy with his performance in the just-concluded series against New Zealand, but was ‘pleased’ that he took eight wickets in six ODIs against Pakistan and New Zealand combined.

He said, however, after taking it easy for a few days, he would begin his analysis of the England batsmen using the popular internet site, Youtube.

Baker said he would use the technology to give him a head start on preparing for the upcoming tour.

‘Before you get there you must know what you are about so when you get in the nets in Jamaica you will be bowling that kind of length because that’s what you’ll be bowling in the Test match.’

He also said that his mission for the year ahead was ‘just trying to put myself and my country on the map, and trying to establish myself on the West Indies team’.

In the meantime, Baker, the first Montserratian to play for the West Indies senior team, said he would also make himself available for selection to the Leeward Islands now playing in the regional first-class tournament and would play out the rest of the season if he did not retain his position on the West Indies side.