Confident Windies call up Guillen
Arnos Vale, St Vincent – Coach of the West Indies A Team Hendy Springer expects his team to bounce back against India A when the two teams come face-to-face in the second four-day Digicel ‘Test’ match this weekend.
If the first match is anything to go by, this weekend’s contest at Arnos Vale Sports Complex promises to be a keen tussle between bat and ball. First ball on Saturday is 10 a.m. (9 a.m.). The young Windies team, with an average age of 23, matched their more experienced opponents in every department over the four days in the first match on a good surface at Kensington Oval but went under by two wickets in a thriller.
“We did some good work in the first match, but we didn’t win. From what happened in the first match we certainly know we can win, so we will approach this match looking for a victory. Our preparation has been spot on and the players see this ‘Test’ match as another huge opportunity,” Springer said.
West Indies have drafted in Justin Guillen as a replacement for the injured Leon Johnson, who injured his knee in Barbados and has returned to Guyana for rehabilitation.
Guillen, a free-scoring left-hander from Trinidad, joined his team-mates as they had a full training session at Arnos Vale on Thursday morning . The home side had another full session on Friday morning and will name the starting XI just before the toss on Saturday.
The pitch at picturesque Arnos Vale is expected to have early moisture, but should assist the spinner later.
“We can see some grass on the pitch and with the ground so close to the sea you could expect some early movement for the faster bowlers. But here in St Vincent it always spin, in many ways you could say it’s a spinner’s pitch, so there will definitely be some assistance for the slow bowlers as the match progresses.”