Windies batting struggles not due to bad pitches – Richards

Sir Vivian Richards
Sir Vivian Richards

[] – Windies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards has dismissed the notion of a poor standard of batting surfaces in the Test series so far as the regional team head into tomorrow’s final match against England.

The former West Indies captain, while admitting that the pitches, which have been flat and favoured batting so far, have not been the best, believes the Windies could have had plenty of success with proper application.

“How can these wickets be so bad when our players keep getting out at crucial times but when you look at the wicket itself, especially the one that we had here in Antigua & Barbuda, the one in Grenada, apart from maybe the first day, where we saw some slight movement in the air and seam movement and things like that, Antigua is pretty much dead,” Richards said.

“They are good batting wickets and this is why I felt West Indies missed a wonderful opportunity,” he said.

“They’re going to become times when the wickets are going to be doing much more than that and then you would be struggling, so whenever you meet wickets that are quite conducive to your play then you try and make hay while the sun shines,” said Sir Viv.

West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin has asked for a much livelier wicket from ground staff at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.  

After playing to a draw in the first Test in Antigua, and suffering a nine-wicket loss in the second in Grenada, the team will be looking to square things up with the English, starting tomorrow.

England’s victory in the second Test ensured they retain the Wisden Trophy. (Digicel SportsMax)




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