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Jerome Taylor has returned to the West Indian team after nearly five years © Getty Images


Kingston (Jamaica): June 11, 2014


Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor feels honoured to have been recalled to the West Indies squad after an absence of nearly five years. Taylor, whose career has been plagued by a series of back-related injuries over the years, was recalled for the ongoing three Test series against New Zealand at home.


“It’s a prestigious feeling, a feeling I’ve always wanted. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time,” Taylor said. The pacer has picked up two wickets in the current first Test so far with one in each innings. He has returned to the ground where his sensational second-innings spell of 5 for 11 and match haul of 8 for 85 helped Windies to wreck England in February 2009.


“I’ve had very good performances here so it’s just to try and get as close as possible to the one I had against England. It’s going to be difficult but it’s a target and if I can get that it would be good for me and for the West Indies,” said Taylor, who turns 30 later this month.


The Jamaican has 29 Tests between 2003-09 and took 82 wickets at 35.64. He also has a Test century to his credit.


“I’m here again and trying my best. It’s about continuing to improve and see how best we can take it from here. It’s a lot of work that has been put in over the last couple of months. In the camp I did a lot, physically and mentally,” said Taylor.


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