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JOHANNESBURG---West Indies captain
Denesh Ramdin made it clear yesterday
he was under no illusions about the huge
task facing his side in the three-Test series
against World number one South Africa.
"It s going to be a tough tour for us," said
the wicketkeeper who took over the helm
of the side last June.
"Our last memories of being here was
that we won the first Test match but then
didn t show the fight and determination
throughout the series so hopefully we can
take some experience from them and play
some positive cricket going forward from
The Caribbean side s record against the
mighty Proteas does not make for good
reading. In fact, they have not beaten South
Africa in a Test series since the one-off Test
in Barbados 22 years ago, that signaled the
end of South Africa s isolation from the
On their last trip here seven years ago,
West Indies won the first game in Port Eliz-
abeth but suffered heavy defeats in the next
two Tests to concede the series.
Ramdin said it was important his players
adapted quickly to the conditions.
"We have to get acclimatised to their
pitches as quickly as possible. They have a
very strong bowling line up and when our
batters come up against them, we have to
settle down and bat long and don t give
them opportunities with the new ball to get
the middle and lower order in (too early),"
he pointed out.
"We have not been playing as consistent
cricket as we would have liked to play, so
on this tour we ll try to let that motivate
us. We need to play some good cricket here
but it is going to be tough mentally."
West Indies have had a rough ride in
They lost heavily on away tours of India
and New Zealand last year and also lost to
the Black Caps in the Caribbean earlier this
As expected, they pummeled minnows
Bangladesh in September but now have not
beaten a top flight side in five years.
Ramdin said there were simple objectives
being set for the team during the series.
"It is very important that guys who get
set don t leave it up for other players. If you
get a hundred you should score a big hun-
dred. It is very important you do that as
you keep the opposition out of the game,"
"Guys who get wickets need to keep their
form up, and expose the middle and lower
order of the South Africans. The new ball
is going to be very important."
The first Test bowls off at Centurion on
December 17. (CMC)
Spin may prove to be the difference when the
T&T Red Force faces the Guyana Jaguars in round
four of the West Indies Cricket Board Four-Day
Professional Cricket League, which bowls off today
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
Leg spinner Imran Khan has been leading the T&T
bowling attack, grabbing 20 wickets so far including
two six-wicket hauls. The Guyanese spin duo of
Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul have also
made impressive starts to the season, especially the
latter. Left-arm spinner Permaul has already snatched
28 wickets in the tournament, including two eight-
wicket hauls. Bishoo has taken 14 scalps of his own.
Manager of the T&T team Manohar Ramsaran,
who applauded Khan for his efforts thus far, said the
spinners which includes Jamaican Nikita Miller have
been dominating the tournament.
However, Ramsaran is confident his team will
handle Guyana s potent spin attack. "I don t think
we will have a problem, we have grown up on a diet
of spin. Bishoo got many wickets against us last year
so hopefully he does not continue that type of form
Ramsaran is hoping the team can get off to a faster
start today as T&T s batting performances in the
first innings of the tournament has been ordinary
thus far. The T&T batsmen limped to 131, 130 and
96 against Jamaica, Leeward Islands and Barbados
respectively in the first innings. Ramsaran addressed
the concern, saying: "I think the boys know the prob-
lem, we start very tentatively. I believe in positivity
and it will be better for them to go out there be
positive and play their natural game."
Lendl Simmons, the most experienced batsman
in the T&T line up has struggled to find form. "It
is a concern, looking at the team he (Simmons) is
head and shoulders above the others so he should
be scoring runs to justify that. Today (yesterday) he
looks a little more focused than before and I expect
him to come good tomorrow."
Yannic Cariah who has been selected in the 13-
man squad showed some form before suffering a toe
injury which forced him to miss the last match against
Jamaica. Cariah may start if he passes a fitness test.
"He (Cariah) has been selected in the 13. I think the
coaches will be looking at how good his injury has
healed, so he could start tomorrow. He puts his head
down (and bats), he is a reliable person."
Left-handed opening batsman Jeremy Solozano
has also been included and Ramsaran stated he is
very close to selection and may also feature.
All matches bowl off at 10 am.
KINGSTON---Head of the West Indies
Cricket Board medical panel, and noted
cricket commentator, Dr Akshai Mansingh,
believes that it would be unfortunate if
short-pitched balls were outlawed from
the game of cricket.
Reacting to recent debates in light of the
death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes,
who was hit on the head via a short-pitch
delivery recently, Mansingh said such a
response would simply be a knee-jerk reac-
"I think banning short-pitched deliveries
would be a knee-jerk reaction with all due
respect to Phil Hughes," Mansingh said.
"He was playing an aggressive shot, and
with all the helmet and the padding we
have these days, we notice a lot of batsmen
are now doing so.
"His death is remote, and rare, and just
a tragedy of a very unfortunate event," said
Mansingh. He added: "I don t want to be
insensitive. But if there is death in motor
sport, you don t ban motor sports, you try
to minimise the risks.
"If there is a death in football, you don t
ban football, you try to see what the cir-
"And, likewise, in cricket, banning the
short-pitch ball I think would be unfortu-
nate. Why? Because it adds to the game. It
adds to the aggression of the game, moreso
on the part of the batsman than on the
Mansingh, an orthopaedic surgeon, and
head of Sports Medicine Unit at the Uni-
versity of the West Indies, also went on to
mention that in trying to solve deaths relat-
ing to short balls, the focus should be placed
on protective gear.
The physician said that close to 1,000
cricket-related deaths have been reported,
and while each one is tragic, many have
been as a result of ineffective equipment.
"The truth of the matter is that some of
the deaths are as a result of very little pro-
tective gear and/or equipment," he said.
Meanwhile, as it relates to existing gear
and equipment to combat short-pitched
deliveries, Mansingh said while corrections
may be able to be made, he does not foresee
any major changes.
"You cannot protect everywhere, unless
you are going under the ears almost," he
"Furthermore, if you carry the helmet
down some more, a player may not be able
to flex his head.
"The thing is, maybe we have to ask,
should the batsmen be avoiding short-
pitched deliveries more often? Should they
be ducking deliveries more when they are
Allan Douglas, Jr has been found to
have a legal bowling action after under-
going a Home Board Analysis, the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC) has said.
Douglas, who captains club side Cleve-
land County, was reported for a suspect
action by the umpires during a match
against Singapore at the Pepsi ICC Divi-
sion Three tournament in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, in October when Bermuda
were relegated---along with the United
States---to Division Four.
Under the ICC Regulations for the
Review of Bowlers, Douglas was required
to submit to a Home Board Analysis,
with a written report of the outcome to
be provided cricket s governing body.
Douglas is now permitted to continue
bowling in international cricket.
But if he is reported again within the
next two years, Douglas will be required
to submit to an ICC Analysis.
The Bermuda Cricket Board was given
21 days to submit a report on Douglas
action after it was reported as suspect,
with the deadline then extended for
another two weeks.
The ICC have been clamping down
recently on suspect bowling actions of
bowlers at Test level, mostly off-spinners.
tough tour against SA Spin showdown as
T&T meets Guyana
Members of the West Indies team line their bats and helmets to pay tribute to Phillip
Hughes during their training session at the Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday. PHOTO:
Dr Mansingh against banning bouncers
Off-spinner Douglas cleared
T&T vs Guyana
at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad
Jamaica vs Leeward Islands
at Sabina Park, Jamaica
Windward Islands vs Barbados
at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St Vincent
Rayad Emrit (Captain), Jason Mohammed (Vice-
Captain), Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Yannick Ottley,
Nicholas Pooran, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo,
Akeal Hosein, Marlon Richards, Daniel St Clair,
Jeremy Solozano, Yannic Cariah
1 Guyana Jaguars ..............................39 points
2 Jamaica Franchise ........................34 points
3 Barbados Pride................................27 points
4 T&T Red Force.................................23 points
5 Windwards Volcanoes...............22 points
6 Leewards Hurricanes.....................7 points
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