Jermaine Blackwood is a talented Jamaican cricketer who has made significant contributions to West Indies cricket since his debut in 2014. He has played both Test cricket and One Day International cricket for the West Indies and has earned a reputation as a reliable and effective middle-order batsman.
Blackwood’s Test debut came against New Zealand in June 2014, and although he did not make a significant contribution in that match, it was clear that he had the potential to become a valuable member of the West Indies team. His breakthrough came during England’s 2015 tour of the West Indies when he scored his maiden Test century in the first Test of the series. Although England went on to win the match, Blackwood’s innings of 112 off just 127 balls showed that he had the ability to take on some of the best bowlers in the world.
Blackwood’s most memorable performance, however, came in the third Test of the same series, where he scored an unbeaten 53 to guide the West Indies to a five-wicket victory. This innings was particularly impressive as he was facing a strong England bowling attack, which included Moeen Ali, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad. Blackwood’s innings not only helped the West Indies draw the series but also signaled his arrival on the international cricket scene.
Performance in 2019
In September 2019, Blackwood replaced Darren Bravo as a concussion substitute during the West Indies’ Test series against India. Although he did not have much of an impact in that match, it was another opportunity for him to showcase his skills at the international level.
In October 2019, Blackwood was named in Jamaica’s squad for the 2019-20 Regional Super50 tournament. This was an important tournament for Blackwood as it allowed him to gain more experience and play against some of the best players in the Caribbean. Although he did not have a particularly successful tournament, it was another opportunity for him to hone his skills and gain valuable match experience.
Performance in 2020
In March 2020, Blackwood achieved a significant milestone in his career when he scored his maiden double century in first-class cricket, with 248 runs against the Leeward Islands in round eight of the 2019-20 West Indies Championship. He finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer, amassing an impressive 768 runs in eight matches.
In June 2020, Blackwood was named in the West Indies’ Test squad for their series against England. Although the Test series was originally scheduled to start in May 2020, it was postponed until July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first Test of the series, held in Southampton, Blackwood displayed remarkable resilience and skill, top-scoring with a match-winning 95 to help his team secure a four-wicket victory.
In November 2020, Blackwood was again named in the West Indies’ Test squad, this time for their series against New Zealand. In the first Test of the series, he scored an impressive 104 and shared a 155-run stand with Alzarri Joseph. Despite Blackwood’s heroics, the West Indies could not secure a win in the Test. Nonetheless, his performances have cemented his position as a valuable asset to the West Indies cricket team.
Blackwood’s most significant achievement to date came during the 2019-20 West Indies Championship, where he scored his maiden double century in first-class cricket. Playing for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands, Blackwood scored an impressive 248 runs, which helped his team win the match by an innings and 118 runs. He finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 768 runs in eight matches, which demonstrated his consistency and ability to perform under pressure.
Performance in 2021
In January, he was named in the West Indies squad for their tour of Bangladesh. In the first Test of the series, he scored 28 runs in the first innings, but was dismissed for a duck in the second innings. He was dropped from the team for the second Test.
In March, Blackwood was included in the West Indies squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. In the first Test, he scored 2 and 0 in both innings as the West Indies suffered a heavy defeat. He did not play in the second Test due to injury.
In June, Blackwood was named in the West Indies squad for the Test series against South Africa. In the first Test, he scored 49 and 13 in the two innings as the West Indies lost the match. In the second Test, he scored 49 and 18 as the West Indies drew the match.
Overall, while Blackwood has had some decent scores, he has not been able to make any big contributions to help the West Indies win matches in 2021.