Nash: We’ll do better

Brendan Nash is looking to make an impact and also to help the West Indies square the two-match Test Series against England when the two teams meet in the second Test at the Riverside Ground tomorrow.

Nash, the steady and uncomplicated left-handed batsman, showed great maturity and level-headedness when he made 81 in the second innings of the first Test at Lord’s last Friday.

He added 143 for the sixth wicket with vice-captain Denesh Ramdin, in a match the West Indies lost by 10 wickets.

‘We have shown that we can play well against them,’ Nash said.

‘As we look ahead to the second match we need to be confident, as the skipper has said before. We built some good momentum in the series in the West Indies and it was disappointing we lost the first match here.’

Nash, 31, failed in the first innings at Lord’s but stroked the ball freely in the second innings, especially square of the wicket on the off-side.

Since making his Test debut in New Zealand last December he has been a key member of the middle order. He said the key is to always build partnerships.

‘I was disappointed with my shot in the first innings so I knew I had to correct that in the second innings. I was pleased that I made the adjustment in the second innings and I managed to get a good score.

‘I had to try and form a partnership in the second innings. I put on a decent stand with Denesh, but we needed to keep going. Unfortunately we did not go all the way.’

The second Test is at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street in Durham.