By Sean Devers in St Lucia
Guyanese Leon Johnson was 15 seconds too late in calling for the TV review yesterday after he was LBW off left-arm spinner Taijul for 66 Saturday in the second Test against Bangladesh at the Beausejour Cricket ground in St Lucia, denying the GCC left-hander the possibility of becoming the 14th West Indian to score as century on debut.
Television replays showed the ball would have missed leg stump but Johnson failed to ask for a review within the 15-second window and was given out.
“I would have loved to have gone on and got a better score but I had a look at the replay and I was a bit too slow in calling for the review,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t very sure and my partner [Kirk Edwards] wasn’t very sure, either. I was a bit hesitant; I didn’t want to waste one of the team’s reviews. There was probably a hundred there for the taking, the pitch got better for batting. Next time, I’ll look to cash in.”
Johnson, who has batted in the middle order for most of his 50 First-Class matches, told Kaieteur Sport that he would ideally liked to bat at number four in the order.
“I had to adapt mentally to fit into the role of an opener, because the pitch had offered assistance to the Bangladesh bowlers in the first session. I started out probably a little slower, given that I was opening the batting,” Johnson, the 300th West Indian to play at the highest level, said.
“There was a bit of assistance there for the seamers early on so I thought like an opener and gave the bowlers their hour and their session, and tried to cash in after lunch. I have opened in three first-class games before. I do it sometimes, opening in club cricket at home. It’s a whole different kettle of fish doing it in a Test match, though. As a batter, you have to be versatile. Sometimes, you may be asked to open the batting.”
“I never had negative thoughts that I wouldn’t be involved again in West Indies cricket. I have been on the sideline for six years but I’ve been about the A team for about four years, now. Hard work has got me here, and self-belief.” Johnson told reporters yesterday evening.
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