Edwards wants to be an important part of WI cricket

Roseau (Dominica): Kirk Edwards, who scored a century on Test debut against India in the Third Test, said his goal is to become an important part of West Indies cricket.

The tall right-hander made an assured 110 in more than four hours at the crease and became the first man to make a century at Test cricket`s newest venue.

"It is a special feeling to get a Test century on debut for the West Indies but I would have liked to carry on and make a bigger score for the team. Test cricket is about fighting and I see myself as a fighter."

"We have a lot of strong characters in the team and we will continue the fight out this match."

He also became the 13th West Indian to make a century on debut. His knock pushed the home side to 224/6 in the second innings - an overall lead of 82 with a day left in the match.

During his innings Edwards had the ideal partner in Shivnarine Chanderpaul (73 not out) in a stand of 161.

Edwards,26, played some brilliant shots and also showed great determination. He was cheered by the vocal and colourful crowd of over 7,000 fans - including his father Glendon, who made the trip from Barbados.

"We need the support of the people. I had a great reception from the crowd here in Dominica. I was really impressed and happy with the support that we received here."

Speaking about his temperament, Edwards said he never shies away from a challenge. "I`m always prepared mentally. I visualise what I want and I go after it. I want to be a pillar in West Indies cricket so all these things drive me to achieve my goals."

"There will be obstacles but I always aim for my goals. The youngsters (in the team) need the support, we won`t come on the stage and get success overnight.

Edwards spoke of the players he admired and those who inspired him as a boy growing up.

"As a young guy growing up and watching cricket I used to like to watch Viv Richards. I used to love to see Viv Richards on the highlights package (on television)."

"It was a proud moment for me to go to the Kensington Oval - at the old Oval - and see Brian Lara and Carl Hooper play. I used to think to myself that one day I would like to be out there playing as well so for me playing for the West Indies is a dream come true," Edwards added.

IANS

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