Roseau - West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin believes his team will have
learnt a very harsh lesson from the Australians in the first Test here in
Dominica going into the second and final match next week in Jamaica.
Australia won by nine wickets inside three days to ensure retention of the
Frank Worrell Trophy, the symbol of supremacy in Test cricket between the two
teams since it was introduced following the memorable 1960/61 series Down
"They are a very good unit and we need to play a lot tougher cricket
when we are in positions of strength," said Ramdin in reflecting on a
match that came to a swift end on the third evening despite stern resistance
from the fourth-wicket pair of Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels, who put on 144
runs, through most of the first two sessions of the day.
"We need to carry on. (It would have been better) if they could have
taken it to 200-plus," the skipper suggested. "That's a very
difficult pitch to get a decent start. As we saw from Adams Voges once he got a
start for Australia he carried on to get a big hundred for his team."
In his first Test at the age of 35, Voges' unbeaten 130 lifted Australia from
the depths of 126 for six on the second day to 318 and a first innings lead of
Dowrich, also making his debut following the omission of veteran batsman
Shivnarine Chanderpaul ahead of the series, batted for over four hours in
compiling 70 in the West Indies second innings.
But his dismissal just before tea triggered a collapse which saw the last
seven wickets going down for just 35 runs and a final total of 216, leaving the
Aussies to knock off the 47 runs needed to seal victory for the loss of just
"That decision has been made. His experience is countless but we have
to move on," said Ramdin in deflecting questions over the dropping of
Chanderpaul when just 87 runs away from surpassing Brian Lara as the most
prolific West Indian batsman ever in Test cricket.
"If Dowrich could have carried on to get a hundred it would have been
brilliant," he continued. "It's something he can learn from. He stood
up against one of the best bowling line-ups in the world. I'm sure he's going
to go from strength to strength."
Ramdin was disappointed though in the repetitive manner in which Samuels,
now the senior batsman in the West Indies side, got out in the match,
notwithstanding a topscore of 74 in the second innings.
"That was a bad shot, a bad time," noted the wicketkeeper-batsman.
"We lost a wicket in the over before and he got sucked into the short ball
again. Hopefully he won't let it happen in the near future."
A 34-year-old with more than 14 years of international experience, including
59 Tests, Samuels top-edged an attempted hook off Mitchell Johnson to be caught
by Mitchell Starc at fine leg amid the second innings capitulation, bringing an
end to his determined 250-minute occupation of the crease.
Two days earlier in the first innings, he plodded around for seven runs off
39 deliveries in 55 minutes before a similar shot gave Josh Hazlewood the catch
in the same position off Starc's bowling.
While Australia are expected to be unchanged for the second Test beginning
next Thursday in Kingston, the West Indies have two issues to focus upon: the
form of Shai Hope following a double-failure in the unaccustomed role of
opening batsman and the ability of frontline spinner Devendra Bishoo to bowl
long spells given continued concerns with a lingering finger injury.
Bishoo claimed six for 80 in the Australian first innings but had to leave
the field twice in the latter stages of his effort to receive treatment for a
problem that had ruled him out of the third Test against England a month
earlier in Barbados.