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West Indies vs New Zealand 2014: Ottis Gibson hopes pitch for 3rd Test assists pacers

West Indies lost by 186 runs the last time they played here on a lifeless wicket © Getty Images
West Indies lost by 186 runs the last time they played here on a lifeless wicket © Getty Images

Bridgetown (Barbados): Jun 24, 2014

Head coach Ottis Gibson says he is hoping his three-pronged pace attack finds some pace in the Kensington Oval pitch, as the West Indies chase a series victory over New Zealand in the final Test which begins on Thursday.

The West Indies seamers found life difficult on a flat surface in the Sabina Park Test which the hosts lost by 186 runs inside four days and also struggled on a similar pitch at Queen’s Park Oval last week, when they won by 10 wickets to level the three-Test series.

Gibson said the victory gave the West Indies momentum and said a pitch with pace would provide the ideal conditions for his attack to flourish in what would be a decisive Test.

“Momentum is a great thing in sport. You hear people talk about it in every sport and we have it at the moment and we need to continue it,” Gibson pointed out.

“We will have a look at the pitch and see what it holds. Kensington always has a little bit in it for the bowlers as well. Trinidad was a very un-Trinidad like pitch; it was a good pitch for batting and the bowlers had to work hard. It was probably one of the best pitches I’ve seen in Trinidad for a long time.”

He continued: “Hopefully we’ll get a very good surface in Barbados, one that helps our quick bowlers a little bit more than maybe Trinidad and Jamaica. Our fast bowlers are bowling fantastically well so hopefully we get a pitch that gives them a little bit of support and they can continue to bowl the way they have been bowling and bowl us to a series win.” Fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach have performed outstandingly in the series but without the success to match. Taylor, in his first series in nearly five years, has taken ten wickets while Roach has claimed seven scalps.

Speedster Shannon Gabriel, who missed the first Test, picked up two wickets in each innings of the Trinidad Test. More importantly, Gibson said the West Indies would be looking to apply the same intensity to the third Test that they brought to the second Test. “To win by ten wickets was brilliant and we are looking forward to the next Test match and five intense days of Test cricket,” Gibson said. “I think the Test cricket that we played in Trinidad is the sort of Test cricket we want to play. Obviously the opposition is not going to allow you to play that sort of cricket all the time but that’s the cricket we want to play and that’s what we will set out to do.”

Gibson praised the team for the way they approached the second Test, noting that the batsmen played attacking cricket but were also patient while the bowlers stuck to their tasks. However, he said it was now important to refocus. “After Jamaica we were obviously very disappointed with how we performed, and we sat and spoke about the response that was needed and it was good to see them respond. The batsmen spent a lot of time at the wicket and made runs. Young (Jermaine) Blackwood has been making a lot of runs this year and we gave him an opportunity and he came in and played really positively and was a joy to see,” he said.

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