Focused Chase unfazed by bouncer strategy
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
West Indies batsman Roston Chase says New Zealand's strategy of short-pitched bowling in the recent Test series had not been a major issue for him but believes he can still improve significantly in that area of his game.
The right-hander recently returned from the tour where West Indies suffered a 2-0 clean sweep, losing the first Test by an innings and 67 runs and the second by 240 runs - both inside four days.
Left-arm pacers Neil Wagner and Trent Boult proved the undoing of the Windies, employing the short ball to good effect to rattle the visitors in both Tests.
"It [rising delivery] was a bit challenging earlier on in my career and against Pakistan, I had some issues with it. Against England, I also had some issues with it, but I thought in the New Zealand series, the batting coach Toby Radford and I did a lot of work on it," Chase told Barbados Today online newspaper.
"We worked on different ways to play the delivery in order to get around it and it has helped me a lot. I feel a lot more comfortable playing it, even though I haven't yet mastered it."
Chase managed just one half-century on the tour, 64 in the second innings of the final Test in Hamilton with the Windies set a world-record 444 for victory.
Overall, he mustered 99 runs at an average of 24, representing the second series this year in foreign conditions where he struggled to get among the runs, following on from a dismal summer tour of England.
In that three-Test tour, Chase gathered a paltry 80 runs from six innings, but noted had found the notorious English conditions challenging.
"They always say in England your first tour is a tough tour and the ball was doing a bit more and much later than usual in my natural Caribbean conditions, so that was the main challenge for me with the bat," said Chase.
"So I think it was a learning experience for me there and my aim is to move forward."