Carter enjoying his cricket

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad — Jonathan Carter proved to be the “man with the golden arm” and was a key player in the West Indies A Team’s excellent triumph against India A in the recent Digicel “Test” Series.

He was picked as a left-handed middle-order batsman but showcased his versatility taking 10 vital wickets with his brisk right-arm medium-pace in the three-match rubber which West Indies won 2-1, after losing the first match.

Carter was asked to do the job of third seamer for the opening match in Barbados and started with a bang -- a wicket with his third ball -- en route to career best figures of 5-63 in the first innings at Kensington Oval.

“People who know me know that I enjoy cricket and totally enjoy being on the cricket field. From very young I always enjoyed batting and when I’m not batting I would go and bowl and sometimes I would keep wicket,” said the 24-year-old, who always wears a smile on his face.

“As I progressed I continued to do all three and I still do all three. My main role is a batsman and I work really hard at my batting to get better and make major contributions for the team. When we went into the first match with two pacers and two spinners I knew that I might be asked to do a job as a back-up bowler so I prepared myself for that.

“I have been doing a lot of bowling for my club team in Barbados, so I would say I was on some form with the ball ahead of the matches against India. Keeping is my ‘third’ skill, something I do to help out. I enjoy fielding, especially close to the wicket, and to me keeping comes naturally.”

Carter bowled with brisk pace from a bustling run up, and got the ball to swing both ways. He ended as the third highest wicket-taker in the series behind West Indies left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson (17 wickets) and India’s right-arm seamer Shami Ahmed (13 wickets).

Carter also batted well and made 128 runs in the series - the fourth most for the West Indies. His best performance was an attacking 74 on a turning surface in at Arnos Vale in the second innings of the second match.

The knock came off 97 balls and included six fours. It helped the home side to post a challenging fourth-innings target and the West Indies won by a whopping 125 runs. Earlier this year he kept wicket for Barbados in two first-class matches after the original wicket-keeper was injured.

Carter said he was delighted with the team’s performance in the just concluded series and was confident they would do well in the two-match Digicel Twenty20 series to be played at Queen’s Park Oval this weekend.

“We played well...we played extremely well. We were excellent with the ball and kept getting wickets at crucial stages in their innings. We always had a plan of attack and that was to build pressure and then look for wickets. We got early wickets in every innings and that set them back every time,” Carter said.

WEST INDIES A TEAM T20 SQUAD: Kieran Powell (Captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Sulieman Benn, Nkrumah Bonner, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder, Danza Hyatt, Delorn Johnson, Garey Mathurin, Jason Mohammed, Krishmar Santokie, Devon Thomas (Wicket-keeper)

Digicel Series Schedule

Digicel Test Series

1st Test: India A won by 2 wickets

2nd Test: West Indies A won by 125 runs

3rd Test: West Indies A won by 10 wickets

Digicel T20 Series at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

1st Digicel T20: June 23 - 7 pm

2nd Digicel T20: June 24 - 7 pm

Digicel 50-over Series at Queen’s Park Stadium, Grenada

1st One-Day: June 27 - 9.30 am

2nd One-Day: June 29 - 9.30 am

3rd One-Day: July 1 - 9.30 am

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 01:33