WI need to keep going says Best
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – Tino Best said West Indies needed to keep their chins up following a tough opening day in the first Test against New Zealand on Tuesday here.
West Indies endured a rough baptism, when Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor hit hundreds to break their drought and give New Zealand’s summer of cricket the best possible start, as they reached 367 for three in their first innings, after they were sent in to bat on an easy, but green University Oval pitch.
Best toiled for 21 overs to reap the wicket of Aaron Redmond for 20, but McCullum with his seventh Test hundred of 109 not out and Taylor with his ninth Test hundred of 103 not out gave the New Zealanders a huge advantage with quick scoring in the final session.
“Most definitely, it was a tough day,” said Best in a TV interview. “We didn’t get it right. We didn’t bowl consistently in the right areas, particularly against their two best players and they scored easily.
“It wasn’t too bad for me. I think I bowled a little better than I did in India, but I needed to be more consistent.”
Best said he bowled with his typical passion, but fortune favoured the Black Caps’ batsmen on a day that started in chilly conditions under overcast skies before it was blessed with bright, sunshine.
“Against McCullum and Taylor, I tried to back-pitch the ball hard and try to hit the splice,” said Best.
“On a couple of occasions, I was a bit unfortunate when the ball ballooned over the slips and then McCullum got a couple of inside-edges that missed the stumps, it was just their day. Those things happen in cricket.”
With the absence of Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul, Best has been given the responsibility of leading the West Indies attack – a role that he has played several times for his native Barbados – but he said there was no additional pressure.
“I just ran in and tried to bowl quick and get the ball in the right areas to create some problems for the batsmen,” he said. “It was not too bad. It could have been better. I just need to put my head down and keep working on the second day.
“We need to be more patient on Wednesday. I think it is a very good batting pitch. History has shown that the University Oval has a very flat track, but we need to restrict them to under 500, which would be good for us.
“We just need to enjoy the cricket. It is the beginning of the series and we did very well against them on turning pitches when we played them in the Caribbean, but we’re on their home turf, so we just have to hang in and not get down on ourselves too hard and get ourselves in a rut.”