Jerome Taylor's sudden retirement news stunned cricket fraternity in 2016 © Getty Images
Jerome Taylor’s sudden retirement news stunned cricket fraternity in 2016 © Getty Images

West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor on Wednesday announced he was coming out of retirement, just nine months after he called time on his 46-Test career. Taylor, 32, said he was available for all three formats of the game, which will be a boost for the flagging Caribbean team who face Pakistan in a three-Test series from April 21. ”I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor, who quit international cricket in July last year. He has taken 130 Test wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of 6 for 47 against Australia in June, 2015 on home soil at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Jerome Taylor anounces retirement from Test cricket

“If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward”, added Taylor. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December, 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin. Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision.

“It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool”, said Browne.

After losing the four-match T20Is and three-match ODI series, West Indies Test squad will need the experience of Taylor to bail them out in a riveting four-match series against Pakistan. Pakistan’s two veteran players, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, will play their last international series as the duo confirmed their retirement after the Caribbean tour.