Having a century against the Indian bowling attack of Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra in the first warm-up match at Warner Park is ample proof of the Test-match capabilities of 22-year-old Shai Hope, a top order batsman who can also double up as a wicketkeeper.
He remained unbeaten for one whole day, as seven wickets fell at the other end, finishing with 118*. Hope is no stranger to long patient knocks, he already has a double century under his belt. He had scored 628 runs in nine matches in the 2014/15 season, pushing for a Test debut last year. He scored 538 runs from six matches last season, with the highest batting average among all batsmen – 67.3.
With proof of his talent already evident, Hope has been played in 6 Tests for the country. He has not yet prospered on the international stage, only having managed a total of 171 runs, with a best attempt of 36. Like the best classical batsmen, once he gets a good start, Hope can be trusted to convert into a big score. The India series might be the launching pad for him.