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Windies skipper wants better pitches to suit Windies' fast bowlers

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Despite trouncing Bangladesh 2-0 in their just completed Test series, West Indies c aptain Jason Holder is calling for better pitches to be prepared in the Caribbean.

He raised the concern during a press conference following the regional side's 166-run victory over the visitors in the final Test at Sabina Park.

Holder told reporters he'd like to see more consistent pitches which better suit fast bowlers.

“It dried out. After the first day it was very, very moist, but it dried out and there was still variable bounce which, for me, I don't really want to be seeing in Test cricket. I just feel as though we need to do a little bit more, in terms of our pitches, to have consistent carry throughout the entire game as opposed to balls keeping low and some balls popping.

“I was a little disappointed in the way it turned out, but at the end of the day it was still good to see that the boys adjusted well on the surface and we got ourselves out of a tough spot after losing the toss…,” Holder said.

While he conceded that fast bowlers still managed to take wickets on the surface, Holder said the pitch was not as helpful as it could have been.

He said the Sabina Park pitch was usually known for its pace and bounce.

“…I just felt there should have been a little bit more in the surface here. We went in with four fast bowlers and up front we thought it would have been a bit more helpful for the faster bowlers.

“Albeit the seamers still got the wickets, but in terms of the carry and the consistent pace and bounce we've come to expect here at Sabina Park, it probably wasn't the way we expected,” Holder said.

The West Indies captain's call for better pitches comes on the heels of a similar request by former West Indies wicketkeeper Jeffrey Dujon, following the three-Test series against Sri Lanka which ended in a 1-1 tie.

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