Confident Kirk ready for Mumbai Test

Mumbai, India -- West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, who has two centuries and two half centuries in his five-Test career -- has said the fine fight back by his team in the second innings of the second Test at Kolkata has given the side a lot of confidence ahead of the last Test.

Kirk Edwards

“Yeah, definitely. I think we were pretty confident as a team even before the second innings. That is just a justice to the way the guys were feeling. Of course, we will be going into this Test match with confidence as well,” said Edwards, who made a determined 60 in a second innings total of 463.

The visitors were bowled out in the first innings for 153 in which his contribution was just 16 and went down by an innings to the hosts despite a much improved batting display in the second innings.

West Indies had lost by five wickets in the opening Test in Delhi and have already conceded a winning 2-0 lead to the home team. Edwards did not see much advantage of having done well in the second innings at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata while looking ahead to the third and final match. First ball in the final Test at Wanhkede in Mumbai is 9.30 am.

“It’s a different game, a different pitch, a different stadium. We just have to play according to what we see. That’s how cricket works,” the 28-year-old Edwards said.

“I have seen the pitch but I don’t have much thoughts on it at the moment. Have to see the history of the matches here and make a better assessment.”

The 27-year old grew up in Barbados, watching Desmond Haynes and other legend at Kensington Oval and he is now thrilled to be working with Haynes, who is the West Indies batting consultant.

“Growing up in the same country — Barbados — as Desmond (Haynes), you have a lot of conversations about batting but my real influence comes from my dad,” he added. "I see my role in the batting line-up as the one to lay a solid platform.

"In every net session you have to try and understand how the pitches play and adjust your game. Pitches in the sub-continent (Bangladesh and India) have tended to keep a bit low and then spin a lot more than the pitches we have back home. But even in the Caribbean, we have some pitches that spin a bit.

“But up here, the surfaces are a lot more dry.”

Sun, 11/20/2011 - 18:29