Marshall back in national colours

May 28, 2019
Xavier Marshall
Xavier Marshall

Former Jamaican opening batsman Xavier Marshall said he has nothing to prove to anyone when he competes for the Jamaica Tallawahs in this year's Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.

The 33-year-old Marshall, who is one of the most talented batsman to come out of Jamaica, migrated to the United States in 2013 after being constantly overlooked by the Jamaican selectors.

Marshall told STAR Sports in an interview from his home in the US that it was a tremendous honour to be selected for the Tallawahs and he was looking forward to showcasing his talent in front of his home fans.

"I got a hard fight in Jamaica, but that is life, and so I rewind and come again," said Marshall. "I don't have anything to prove because they all know what I am capable of doing, and so I just want to be consistent," he said.

"I think back in the days when I was a youth I was most consistent and I was at the Under-19 stage. That is when I my consistency drop off," Marshall said. "But the workload that I put in now, I can see the results because I have been scoring a lot of runs for the US."

Marshall, who made his debut for the West Indies at age 19, played seven Test matches and 24 ODI's and six T20I's for the regional side between 2005 and 2009.

The attacking batsman, who was picked up by the Tallawahs in the 17th round of the CPL draft, noted that he was very relieved that he had been selected for his home team because it was third time he was entering the draft.

"It is a great feeling to be selected for the Tallawahs because this is third year that I have signed up for the competition, and this is the first time that I have gotten picked up," Marshall said.

"I am going to be myself because if I get into the starting eleven, I am a natural attacking batsman, and so my aim is to score runs for the team," he said.

He recently helped the US to secure ODI status after scoring a century in their 84-run win over Hong Kong.

"I have been representing the US and doing some good stuff because we will start playing ODI cricket in September, and I played a very important role in that," he said.

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