Green believes Tallawahs have enough to counter Russell’s absence
EAGER to overturn their six-year wait for another Caribbean Premier League (CPL) trophy, the Jamaica Tallawahs will bowl off their campaign in the 10th edition of the tournament today at 6 p.m. against defending champions and home team, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Ahead of the highly anticipated season, Tallawahs' Australian off-spinner Chris Green is putting the recently concluded 6ixty on the back burner.
"The 6ixty was new, and it had a lot of fun and excitement. I think for the guys who got a little bit of time in the middle, hitting the ball clean, it was a good for them. For the bowlers it gave us the opportunity to try out new things when the batsmen are coming hard at us."
With the departure of local player, the hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, to rivals Trinbago Knight Riders, Green was quick to point out that the Tallawahs still have enough fire power to trouble any team in the competition, which was evident from their performances during the 6ixty tournament.
"We saw what Fabian Allen can do, he's in incredible form, our captain Rovman Powell, who's arguably in the form of his career in the last 12 to 18 months.
"There's still so much fire power and there's so much more to come and that's what's exciting. Andre Russell in an incredible player, very damaging and powerful but a lot of these guys now are coming through and starting to match him and go blow for blow and even outdo him at certain times," said Green.
The 28-year-old Green also highlighted the experience within the Tallawahs' coaching staff with the likes of former senior players in Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Curtly Ambrose.
"We have two absolute legends on our coaching staff in Shiv and Sir Curtly, which is very special. The fundamentals of the game are still the same, which I think both bring. They keep things very simple and they instil an incredible amount of belief in the players and they want them to go out and express themselves," Green added.
The experienced off-spinner, who is in his second stint with the Tallawahs, also fired warning shots at the other teams.
"Jamaica Tallawahs have always been a dangerous team, and I see us being a dangerous team again this year," he concluded.