WI consider extra pacer for 2nd Test
Despite their convincing victory in the opening Test on Saturday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes his side can still improve further, as they face Bangladesh in the second Test starting Tonight, Eastern Caribbean time.
West Indies brushed aside Bangladesh by 77 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka but needed a strong bowling effort after they were led on first innings and then also batted poorly in their second turn at the crease.
Speaking ahead of the encounter at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium which is hosting its first ever Test, Sammy said his batsmen were still struggling in the second innings and this was an area where they needed to step up.
"I would like us to improve our second innings batting. This is something that has affected us in the past, where we only bat well in one innings and don't back it up in the next" said Sammy.
"It was a much better effort in this Test, but it's still something we can improve."
In Dhaka, West Indies piled up 527 for four declared with veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul getting an unbeaten double century but Bangladesh produced an excellent reply to reach 556 all out.
The Windies were then bundled out for 273, leaving the hosts with 245 to get for victory.
Fast bowler Tino Best snatched five for 24 to cripple Bangladesh late on the final day and Sammy hailed the Caribbean side's bowling effort and said tour management was now mulling over including an extra pacer for the second Test.
"We took 20 wickets. In order to win Test matches, you have to take 20 wickets, you have to be able to bowl out the opposition twice," Sammy noted.
"I think it was a good decision to play the extra bowler in the first Test. Veerasammy Permaul created some important breakthroughs for us. Neither (Sunil) Narine nor I bowled as well as we could in the second innings. The way Tino Best bowled and the way they played him, we may be tempted to play Fidel Edwards, since he too is quite pacy".
BANGLADESH: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddique, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nazim Uddin, Nasir Hossain, Mohammed Elias, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan, Shohag Gazi.
WEST INDIES: Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels.