Jayden Seales had a dream start to his Test career when he took three wickets against South Africa that
has taken control of the match by the end of Thursday’s (June 10) opening day of the Betway Test match at the
Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
The 19-year-old Trinidadian had figures of 3-34 as South Africa closed on 128-4, a lead of 31 on the West
Indies team that was bowled out for 97 in 40.5 overs. Seales was unbeaten on nought at the end of the
He revealed afterwards that he was nervous about making his Test debut when he collected his first cap
from West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose.
“Obviously, there was a bit of nerves being able to represent the West Indies for the first time,” he said.
Those nerves gave way to elation when he claimed the wicket of Keegan Peterson, who was caught by
Jason Holder in the slips for 19 to have South Africa 34-2.
“That was an amazing feeling. From the time he edged the ball I knew he was out because Jason is very
safe in slips so I was just celebrating from the time it hit the edge,” he said, revealing that he has already
learned some early lessons about becoming a successful Test bowler.
“Just to remain consistent as possible, try and create pressure, don’t try anything different, and I will get
He said he was confident that the West Indies could climb back into the match despite the poor batting
display in their first innings.
“Most definitely, I don’t think we’re out of the game, today (Thursday) is just the first day. We didn’t bat
as well as we wanted to but I think we pulled it back pretty well with the ball,” he said.