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Tino Best Eager to Follow Malcom Marshall, Gordon Greenidge at Hampshire

IANS |April 27, 2016, 1:33 PM IST
Tino Best Eager to Follow Malcom Marshall, Gordon Greenidge at Hampshire

London: Former West Indies fast bowler Tino Best has said he could not turn down the chance to follow in the footsteps of greats Malcolm Marshall and Gordon Greenidge in playing for English county side Hampshire.

Best has joined Hampshire on a short-term deal, replacing fellow former Barbados and West Indies speedster Fidel Edwards, who has been ruled out for injury, reports CMC.

"I’m like a kid in a candy store,” he told BBC Radio on Tuesday.

“I’m really blessed to have this opportunity and I’m ready to bowl as hard as I can.”

Malcolm Marshall and Gordon Greenidge are among former Hampshire overseas players from Barbados.

“I’m just relishing the opportunity to play for the same county as West Indies greats like Marshall and Greenidge,” Best said.

“I’ve always been a student of the game. Cricket’s my first love and it’s what pays the bills.”

Best is at the twilight of his playing career having last made an international appearance in January 2014.

His move to Hampshire will be his second spell in county cricket, after playing for Yorkshire in 2010.

“The key with fast bowling is it’s all about fitness. Ottis Gibson (England bowling coach and former West Indies head coach) says it’s all about desire,” said Best, who played in the Masters Champions League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the winter.

“It’s all about working hard and that desire will never leave me.”

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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