Taylor back with a bang

Jerome Taylor is back, and he’s back with a bang!

After a near five year hiatus from his beloved sport, West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has come back with a vengeance. He described the feeling of being back as “simply prestigious”.

“Being out of cricket for so long, something that I dreamt of playing my whole life, was not a good feeling at all. So it is quite an overwhelming feeling to be back. I wanted it for so long,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Taylor made his comeback in the ongoing Test home series against New Zealand, where he bowled superbly and is now eight wickets away from 100 Test wickets.

However, Taylor admitted that there were days while he was away that he got flustered, but never lost sight of his goal.

“In the initial stages it got to me, it was very frustrating, wanting to play but having to stay away. I always wanted to come back playing for West Indies so I never gave up on my dream. That is what drives me the most,” he added.

And he creditted his triumphant return to his strong support system.

“Mum, dad, my brother and sister have always been there for me. The words of encouragement have always kept me going.”

He further expressed thanks to two West Indies legends for their continued support.

“I must mention the name of Michael Holding. He has always been there for me, reaching out to me, always trying to get in contact with me. Courtney Walsh to a lesser extent as well, has offered support. A lot of people have been rallying around me.”

Now the father of two, a girl and a boy, is more focused than ever with a heightened sense of responsibility which he hopes will transfer into his game.

“My kids are my motivation, and I see myself as a cricketer who now has a lot more responsibility.”

The 30-year-old fast bowler, even offered some advice to others who may be going through a similar lull in their career.

“Never lose sight of your dream. The journey ends when you stop believing. The moment you give up is the moment you will lose everything. Never give up because your big moment could be right around the corner,” he affirmed.

Now, Taylor is looking forward to tomorrow’s Test match, and reaching that 100 wicket landmark is firmly cemented in his mind.

“This game means a lot to me. Coming back with a series win would be great and I am going to do all that is in my power to ensure that we win. I am going to give it 110 per cent to make sure of it,” Taylor added.


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