England vs West Indies: First-class domestic cricket has made me Test ready, says Nkrumah Bonner

Swashbuckling Caribbean batsman Nkrumah Bonner believes his domestic first-class experience has hardened him through triumph and adversity over the past decade.

Now as he gears up for a prospective Test debut in the national team, he looks back and lauds the contribution of domestic cricket in preparing him for the rigours of the longest format.

“In 2011, I was a youngster and didn’t have much experience even at the first-class level. I’ve gone back and worked on it, and getting that exposure benefitted me and I know what to expect now. I’m more experienced, a lot more focused,” he told journalists.

The Jamaican began his first-class career in 2010 and even played two T20Is, however, with minimal impact for West Indies between 2011 and 2012 before his latest breakthrough.

Playing for the Jamaica Scorpions in the last regional four-day championship, Bonner scored two centuries with a total tally of 523 runs in 13 innings at an impressive average of 58.11.

He soon grabbed the headlines and drew admiration from cricket pundits for his deft strokeplay, composure, expertise and precise technique.

He extended plaudits to The Professional Cricket League (PCL) franchise system as well that offered more matches per season with a home-and-away format.

The 31-year-old Bonner, who was drafted into the 14-man West Indies squad for the three-match series versus hosts England this month, could make his Test debut after the impressive regional four-day season.

The England vs West Indies three-Test series will be played behind closed doors in biosecure facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

West Indies, led by Jason Holder, are defending the Wisden Trophy after stunning the Englishmen 2-1 in the Caribbean last year. However, England, the world number four Test side enter the series as favourites against the eighth-ranked West Indies.