BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) West Indies coach John Dyson is hoping Kensington Oval serves up an excellent Test match pitch, unlike the one prepared for the second Digicel Test that finished in a draw in Antigua last Tuesday.
“I hope for a good cricket wicket. My definition of a good cricket wicket is that for a Test match on the first day if you are a genuinely quick bowler and you’re prepared to try hard, you’ll get some assistance,” Dyson said.
“You’ll get some bounce, you get some pace, you might even get a little bit of seam. That will flatten out for days two and three and be a good batting wicket.
‘Day four it might start to spin and day five, who knows, it might spin a lot. It might help the medium pacers if it cracks a bit.
“On wickets like that, all the skills get a chance. In Antigua there was no help for pace from the start.”
West Indies, trailing 1-0 in the series after losing the opening match in Jamaica, are preparing for the final Test starting tomorrow.
The second Test, played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, was drawn and the pitch drew plenty of criticism for its placid nature.
“On that wicket in Antigua, it was very, very flat and there was nothing in it for pace bowlers from ball one so we expected a big score. The likely result of that match from the start was going to be a draw,” Dyson contended.
“I thought the Jamaica wicket was actually pretty good, it was a little slower than I thought it might be. The one in Antigua, there was just nothing in it for the pace bowlers. I was surprised by that. I like cricket wickets that have got something in it for all skills at some stage of the game.”
Dyson added: “I was happy with the result of the second Test, I thought we played some good cricket. I think players like Shiv (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) and Sars (Ramnaresh Sarwan) and (Dwayne) Bravo batted well, and Xavier Marshall as well. They all put in good performances with the bat,” Dyson said.
“The bowlers worked hard on an unresponsive wicket and we lifted our fielding in the second innings so they were some good things happening in the Tests.”
Oval pitch needs to help pace bowlers Photo: AP