West Indies middle-order batsman, Shai Hope, believes he can reach amazing heights against England in the three-match test series.
In 2017, Hope scored 147 and 118 not out – two of the greatest innings in West Indies Test history – to lead West Indies to one of their most famous wins against England.
Following these amazing heroics, Hope was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year. He shared the spotlight with Kraigg Brathwaite – who fell just five runs short of a similar “double” with scores of 134 and 95 as the pair shared century stands in both innings.
“I just need to have the continued belief in myself … back my ability … because I know I can get it done,” he said. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. It’s a case of making sure I make the most of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win,” he added. “Obviously, you’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know you can get something done but it’s not really portraying on the stats.”
Hope was speaking to a member of the media via a Zoom link from the team’s base at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, where they are busily preparing for the three-Test series against England.
The 26-year-old has set the world ablaze with his imperious form in the ODI format where he averages 52. Last year, he scored 1,345 runs at an average of 61.13 – including a memorable match-winning ton against India in Chennai.