WELLINGTON, Nov. 5 (Reuters) – A new strength and conditioning program and better shot selection have led West Indian drummer Andre Fletcher to hope that a solid New Zealand tour will help him return to the Cup contention of the Twenty20 world next year.
Fletcher, 32, has not played for the West Indies since 2018 but was brought back for his tour of New Zealand after strong form in the Caribbean Premier League.
Coach Phil Simmons told reporters last week, shortly after arriving, that the tour was an opportunity for the players to raise their hands for the World Cup in India next October, a message that didn’t was not lost to Fletcher.
“I have to make sure I understand that,” he said on Thursday of their three-game series, which begins on November 27.
“I became a more positive player. My shot selection improved a lot. I worked very hard on my physicality and I worked a lot of strength behind the scenes.
“It has paid off … and I hope it will continue on the international stage as well.
“The team’s goal is to win the series. My individual goal is to try and score enough points to consolidate myself into the T20 team.”
While Fletcher has only made sporadic appearances for the West Indies since his debut in 2008, he was a member of the World Cup winning squad in 2016 before a hamstring injury forced him before the running backs. -finals.
Fletcher, however, only had fond memories of that tournament and he said the current squad is showing signs of the same culture that propelled them to the title.
“We were supporting each other, enjoying each other’s success,” said Fletcher.
“I’ve seen that in this team. We have to make sure everyone is comfortable because that’s how you get the best out of everyone.”