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Barclay eager to make TT debut

BY STEPHON NICHOLAS Monday, March 5 2012

QUEEN’S PARK batsman Marlon Barclay believes he is on the brink of the national team and is hoping to continue his good form in the National League Premiership Division.

Barclay has been in tremendous form this season, scoring back-to-back centuries at national trials in January and has been an instrumental player for Queen’s Park who are on their way to defending their Sunday League title and are looking to retain their next two.

The 24-year-old’s purple patch has not gone unnoticed as he earned a call-up to the national team for their WICB Regional Four-Day matches against Barbados and the Windward Islands.

Barclay has been unable to break in the final eleven but with eight players called up to the West Indies camp for their series against Australia and the injuries of Ravi Rampaul and Lendl Simmons, his chance could be near.

“It feels good to address the selectors and to be recognised. It means I’ve been doing the right thing and I just want to continue that. (Getting called up) is up to the selectors but if I am I will just try to fulfil my role as a batsman on the field and do whatever it takes to win,” he said.

Barclay credited Parkites coach David Furlonge for his improvement and spending some extra time training.

“It’s just a matter of working hard. I’ve been working a lot with the coach at Queen’s Park and foussing a lot on my innings,” he explained.

Commenting on his team’s impressive season thus far, the former national youth player hailed the effort of the officials at the club for keeping them on their toes.

“We’re pretty pleased. The technical staff has been doing a good job with us and reminding us about complacency because it’s very easy to get complacent. There is always room for improvement but we’re playing good cricket and that’s good to see,” Barclay remarked.

The left-hander also praised his team for their depth and character to continue perform at a high level even with the absence of their national players such as Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Justin Guillen and Shannon Gabriel.

“It shows that we are a team that even when our national players leave there are guys that can fill in. It’s a good young team. It’s always a plus to have national players but we have guys that can come in and do a good job too. We have a very good youth development programme,” he explained.

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