Cricket

We need to take ownership - Ramdin

2015-01-06 20:11
Denesh Ramdin (Duif du Toit, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Following the West Indies eight wicket defeat in the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday, captain Denesh Ramdin has called on his players to take more responsibility in their play.

With Tuesday's result the West Indies also fell to a 2-0 series loss and better application would be needed in the future according to the skipper.

"We need to be more consistent and take ownership of our game," Ramdin said after the match.

"Sometimes we find ourselves making 60s and 70s and think that we can play for a couple more series after that. We should be able to make hundreds back-to-back and put the team in winning positions."

The tourists collapsed in all three Tests, the latest in the final contest in the Cape where they lost their last six wickets for 13 runs in the second innings to fold to 215 all out.

Spark the collapse

"We should've carried on once we got starts, but most of our batters didn't go on to get that big hundred.

"Our collapses in the middle and lower order always put us under pressure."

Marlon Samuels was a key example of the West Indies throwing away a good start, as he was out in their second innings for 74 playing a rash shot off Proteas spinner Simon Harmer to spark the collapse.

"The way South Africa played...the manner in which they went about their game was very professional.

"They didn't give us any loose balls when we were batting and it was very difficult at all times."

South Africa were set a meagre 124 to win. They came out on day five and took 45 balls to score their first run of the day on a pitch which was deteriorating quickly.

Series to forget

"They came out this morning (on Tuesday) and the way they batted showed why they are number one.

"And we're number eight...we just have to try and do what they do. And that's build pressure over a period of time.

"We needed 70 more runs for it to be different. "

Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul had a series to forget, scoring just 91 runs in five knocks at an average of 18.2.

Ramdin, however, predicted the 40-year-old would still be able to regain his form that has seen him average over 52 in a Test career spanning 161 matches.

"This is the first time I've seen Shiv fail in a series in the eight or nine years I've been around. I'm sure he's going to come back stronger."

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