Thursday, February 22, 2018

Shillingford: NZ’s watchful approach worked

West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford said New Zealand’s watchful batting set up their huge total and put them in a strong in the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica. It was hard work for the West Indies bowlers on the first two days of the Test on Sunday and Monday with Shillingford bowling 46.3 overs and picking up three wickets for 145 runs.

West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn bowled 52 overs and took three for 142 runs. The home team bowled 174.3 overs before New Zealand declared their innings at 508 for seven. “Looking back at when we started on the first day, we all thought we would get more from the pitch but unfortunately that did not happen,” said Shillingford at the end of day two.

“Even though the pitch was a flat one, the (New Zealand) guys really played the pitch really good. They batted well and did not take too much risk. This is what you expect in Test cricket and I thought they handled it well and they played well” the West Indies off-spinner added.

Speaking about his return to international cricket Shillingford said: “I am just enjoying every moment. I know once you are coming back into international cricket it is going to be hard work but I am just enjoying it and it is nice to be back with the guys. There are challenges in life in everything so you just got to stick with it and work hard,” he added.

The 31-year-old was reported for a suspected bowling action for the second time in his career during the Test series against India last November. A report from all four match officials highlighted specific concern with Shillingford’s doosra. However, the off-spinner was cleared to return to international cricket after agreeing not to bowl his doosra delivery.