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Ramdin wants bigger effort from batsmen

 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 next Sunday.

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. 

“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.”

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 in the Twenty20 World Cup and in the limited overs series against England. 

Injury doubts remain over talismanic opener Chris Gayle who sought advice from a specialist in Germany last week over a back problem that hampered his form in the IPL. The second Test is in Port of Spain from June 16-20 and the third in Georgetown from June 26-30. Ramdin said he had set some basic objectives for his unit in the upcoming series. “I would like to see us improve as a team. Once we improve in all our departments of the game, we will get the results we want which is winning Test matches,” added the wicketkeeper/batsman. 

West Indies play their final practice match tomorrow before winding up their preparation camp on Wednesday.

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