Hope aiming to regain form in England after red-ball slump
West Indies batsman Shai Hope is confident he can turn around his slump in form in red-ball cricket when they take on England in next month’s three-match series.
It was in England three years ago that Hope became the first batsman to notch-up two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley as his side recorded a stunning five-wicket win over the hosts in the second Test.
Since then, Hope has failed to replicate his form in the longest format of the game, averaging justt 27.23.
Hope has an impressive average of 52.20 from 78 one-day internationals.
“You’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know that you can get something done and it’s not really portraying on your stats card,” said Hope as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Just (need to) have the continued belief in myself, back my ability because I know I can get it done, it’s not like I haven’t done it before. Case of making sure I make the most of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win.”
The 26-year-old Hope said “red ball is my favourite part of the game”.
“Red-ball batting is definitely my favourite part of the game but the runs and the stats aren’t exactly where we want them to be, but I’m working towards that. I can’t pinpoint anything (wrong) at this stage, because I wouldn’t say my preparation has changed.
“I don’t think it’s anything major when it comes to my technical side of the game. There are certain things you can tweak, as you go along. I would probably say it’s more of a mental thing. Hopefully I can turn it around and move on from there.”
Hope scored 147 and 118 in the 2017 Test at Leeds.