Law backs in-form Powell to strike it big


June 12, 2018
Kieran Powell


West Indies head coach, Stuart Law, expects stylish left-hander Kieran Powell to convert one of his many starts into a hundred very soon.

The 28-year-old has endured a frustrating run since his return to the Test scene last year, following a three-year self-imposed break, getting a number of decent starts but managing just three half-centuries.

Powell looked set to break the jinx in the opening Test against Sri Lanka, but fell agonising short of three figures on 88 in the second innings.

"It's just a shame he got out the way he did. He was playing so well - using his feet to the spinners and driving down the ground straight against the quicks," Law said.

Stylish left-hander Kieran Powell.

"He's going to hurt someone soon, let's hope it's in the next Test match that he gets a big hundred. That would be great for him and great for the team of course."

Powell has three Test match hundreds - two coming in his 12th Test against Bangladesh six years ago in Dhaka - along with five half-centuries but averages only 29 in Tests.

However, he averages 32 in his last 11 Tests inside the last year with a highest score of 90 against minnows Zimbabwe last October.

He had a mixed series against New Zealand last December, registering a dreaded 'pair' in the final Test but Law said the player seemed to have brushed off that disappointment.

"To be honest, this Test, match is probably the best I've seen him play," the Australian pointed out.

"In the lead-up to it in Barbados at the camp, he was striking the ball [well] and was probably our best player coming into this Test match and he showed that out there."

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