West Indies batter, Shai Hope, wants to revive his Test career upon being back in England, the same place where he achieved his best record in the longest version of the game.
In 2017, Hope became the first batsman to score 2 tons in a first-class match at Headingley as his side registered a remarkable five-wicket win over the hosts in the second Test.
However, those 2 tons remain till date his biggest achievement in 31 Tests. The batsman has averaged 27.23 in the 5-day format since then.
That contrasts with an impressive average of 52.20 from 78 One-day internationals (ODIs), suggesting he is no flash in the pan, and he is eager to boost his Test figures during next month’s three-match series in England.
“You’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know that you can get something done and it’s not really portraying on your stats card,” said Hope in a conference call Tuesday from Old Trafford.
Manchester is going to host the 2nd and 3rd Tests of the behind closed doors series which starts in Southampton on July 8.
“I just have to continue believing in myself and back my ability because I know I can get it done,” said Hope.
“The key is to make sure that I make use of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win.” he added.
The 26-year-old also said that red ball is the favourite part of his game, while justifying the difference between his Test and one-day records.
“It’s probably more of a mental thing. You just get out more in Test cricket, it seems. Hopefully I can turn it around in this series and move on from there.” he said.
West Indies lost the 2017 series 2-1 but they hold the Wisden Trophy after beating England by the same scoreline in the Caribbean last year.
“We’re missing a few key players so it’s very important for us as top-order batters to get those runs on the board, especially in the first part of the game. As soon as you get those starts, you’ve got to make sure you capitalise and go big for the side.” Hope concluded.