Ramdin working to get better

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin is working overtime to make sure he is ready to take on New Zealand. The fleet-footed 23-year-old has been having extended net and fitness sessions to get in top shape for what he sees as a major challenge.

“I am hoping this could be my breakthrough tour. This is my second tour of New Zealand, I was here in 2006 and we lost that series, so I would like to turn that around this time. We are more experienced now. We are capable of doing very well against New Zealand,” Ramdin said.

“What we have to do is to go out there and execute our plans. The senior players will lead the way, but we all need to make a contribution to the overall successful. Once we get performances all the way down we will be in a position to apply pressure.”

He was speaking after the team had another intense training session at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Ramdin missed the last two One-Day series -- in Toronto in August and Abu Dhabi earlier this month -- but has been recalled for the New Zealand trip. He said he used the time away to sharpen his skills.

“Going back home and training in the nets and in the gym has worked for me. I am hitting the ball really well. I have been working on being more patient at the crease. I will be looking for big scores and making a major contribution to the team,” he said.

“I have been doing a lot of physicals as part of the lead-up. I have been working on several drills, mainly positioning and foot movement. The conditions here are a lot like England so you have to keep your eyes on the ball for a long time.”

Fixtures

Friday, Dec 5 to Sunday, Dec 7: vs Auckland at Eden Park Outer Oval

Thursday, Dec 11 to Monday, Dec 15: 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin

Friday Dec 19 to Tuesday, Dec 23: 2nd Test at McLean Park, Napier

Friday, Dec 26: 1st T20 International at Eden Park, Auckland

Sunday, Dec 28: 2nd T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton

Wednesday, Dec 31: 1st ODI at Queenstown Event Centre, Queenstown

Saturday, Jan 3: 2nd ODI at AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Wednesday, Jan 7: 3rd ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Saturday Jan 10: 4th ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Tuesday, Jan 13: 5th ODI at McLean Park, Napier

SQUAD: Chris Gayle (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Vice Captain), Lionel Baker, Carlton Baugh Jnr, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.

STAFF: Omar Khan (Team Manager), John Dyson (Head Coach), David Williams (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Steve Folkes (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Richard Berridge (Analyst), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist), Philip Spooner (Media Officer)