Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NZ have questions about WI bowlers

 New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says the Black Caps will seek clarification from match officials on how they intend to enforce the restrictions on West Indies off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels.

Both Shillingford and Samuels had their actions reported to the International Cricket Council last November but were subsequently cleared to resume bowling. However, Shillingford has been banned from bowling the doosra while Samuels has been prohibited from bowling his faster delivery.

With the likelihood both could play in the first Test starting at Sabina Park here Sunday, the New Zealand team management are concerned.

“It’s quite hard to see how they actually police that. It’s all very well saying it, but do they call a batsman back if he bowls a doosra? It’s going to be an interesting discussion with the match referee,” Hesson was quoted as saying in the Dominion Post.

“Same with Samuels, he’s not allowed to bowl a quicker ball so we’ll certainly get some clarification on those two things.”

Shillingford has been one of the West Indies’ trump cards in recent times, grabbing 65 wickets in his 14 Tests. He has already taken six five-wicket hauls and two ten-wicket ones.

The Windward Islands spinner could be part of a two-man spin attack employed by West Indies against New Zealand if they opt to also play lanky Barbados left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.Hesson said they anticipated problems handling Benn, as he was a virtual unknown quantity to the Black Caps.

“He’ll get more bounce and turn over here whereas in New Zealand they tended to slide on a lot more,” said Hesson.

“Shillingford seems to be their first-choice spinner, and Sulieman Benn is back in favour. None of our guys have faced a lot of him and, with his bounce and his height, he’s going to ask some different