Ramdin wants better batting effort
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Newly appointed West Indies captain, Denesh Ramdin, has expressed concern over his side's batting and wants to see a bigger effort in that department before the first Test against New Zealand, which bowls off in eight days.
The Windies batsmen generally struggled in a three-day match against a Barbados Select XI, which ended last Wednesday. Darren Bravo got 124 and Kirk Edwards, 50, in the first innings of the fixture at 3Ws Oval, but no other batsman got a half-century.
"All the guys are putting in the work that is required leading up to the first Test match. We had the three-day practice match ... our batters didn't get their time out in the middle that they would have liked. The bowlers had a good outing, they bowled out the opposition quite cheaply," Ramdin said here.
"In the second innings [our batsmen] had poor selection of shots. I would like to see the guys settle down and bat a bit longer. In the build-up to the first Test ... we would like the guys to put in the extra work.
"We have a two-day practice match and hopefully they can put in that work and try and bat some time in the middle as we get prepared for the first Test in Jamaica which is a very crucial first match."
Of concern will be stroke-maker Marlon Samuels who gathered scores of nine and four, and left-handed opener Kieran Powell who got nine and 22.
Samuels struggled this year in the Twenty20 World Cup and in the limited overs series against England. He also looked out of touch against New Zealand last year, managing just 117 runs from six innings and in the previous two-Test series against India, scoring a mere 99 runs from four innings.
Injury doubts remain over talismanic opener Chris Gayle who was to seek advice from a specialist in Germany last week over a persistent back problem that hampered his form in the Indian Premier League.