Jones impresses Down Under

Jerome Jones (centre) celebrating a wicket with team-mate Akeal Hosein.

BRISBANE – West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Jerome Jones was relaxed and confident when he took the field for the third Group C match of the International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup that started tonight against Zimbabwe

The strongly-built left-armer has been impressive with superb new ball spells against India and Papua New Guinea. West Indies won both matches to go top of the group. A win over Zimbabwe tonight will see them qualify for the second round.

“I’ve adapted very well to the conditions and at this stage I’m happy things are working out for me. I’m up on my pace and I’ve improved on my direction,” said the 17-year-old Jones, who has been clocked at over 140 kilometres per hour.

“I’ve not really had to adjust my lengths from what I bowl back home, but the advantage here in Australia is that there is ‘live’ grass on the pitches and that has really helped my style of bowling. I’ve been able to get bounce and movement both ways so that would be pleasing for any pace bowler anywhere in the world.”

He added: “There is not much to change and to adjust at this stage. I am confident and I will look to take that same belief and discipline into the match against Zimbabwe and as we move on in the tournament. We have played well so far – to beat India in the opening match was a good achievement – and we then continued and dominated PNG. Everyone in the camp is happy as we look to move forward.”

In the opening match at Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville, Jones took 3-33 off 10 overs as West Indies limited India to 166-8 to win by four wickets.

In the second match at Endeavour Park, Townsville, he took 3-15 off 10 overs to bow out PNG for 116 in a huge win by nine wickets. (windiescricket)

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