Best fired up for MCG showdown
Melbourne, Australia – Tino Best is looking to continue from where he left off. The fiery fast bowler bowled with great pace and caused some discomfort for the Australian batsmen in the fourth One-Day International at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday night.
He is now hoping to bring the same level of intensity and aggression when he suits up for West Indies in the fifth and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday night.
Friday was Best’s first match of the series and he topped the 150 kph speed mark on several occasions. He took the wickets of inform opener Shane Watson and Michael Clarke – both caught behind by keeper Devon Thomas – with sharp lifting deliveries.
“It was my first opportunity of the tour and I was determined to run in and try to bowl as fast as I could. I tried to make life very uncomfortable for the batsmen, to hustle them and make them work. What was more important was that I also looked for wickets, to try to get them under pressure. We were defending 220 – 270 would have been ideal – so we were about 50 runs short. That meant I had to get wickets and in the end I managed to get two,” said Best.
“I felt good out there. The control was quite good. We have talked a lot about having an impact bowler. It was a good opportunity to showcase my talents and skills, on what was a good pitch for batting at the SCG. We were 3-0 down and I felt I looked the part and I’m looking to continue at the MCG.”
Best, who made his debut for West Indies back in 2003, was full of praise for Kieron Pollard, who made 109 not out – his third ODI century for West Indies – and second against Australia. The big right-hander smashed 11 fours and a six to win the Man-of-the-Match award.
“I felt the mature and the skill that Pollard showed was great. He was absolutely fantastic out there, it was not easy but he made the moment count. You could see he is growing as one of the leaders in the team. I hope we can all take a leaf out of his book and show that same determination and guts.”
This is the second trip of Australia for the 31-year-old Best. He was a member of the team which toured in 2005 but on that occasion he did not play an international match. He missed out in the first three ODI and is eagerly looking ahead to the fifth and final match at the historic MCG.
“As a little boy growing up I always wanted to play in Australia. It was a dream for me to be playing and hear the great Richie Benaud calling my name in the commentary box. I always liked the idea of playing at the WACA, but I did not get an opportunity in the first two matches in Perth,” Best said.
“The MCG is also a place I dreamed of playing. It is one of the iconic sporting venues around the world and one of the venues where the West Indies have done well over the years. We are four down but we will have to come out and give than a great fight in this final match and the T20 match in Brisbane.”