A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Viv Richards expresses frustration over current West Indian batting lineup

Richards is tired of watching the West Indies batting lineup constantly fail to make a decent score

West Indies cricketing legend Sir Viv Richards has berated the current squad over yet another dismal performance on their current England tour.

During the second Test match at Trent Bridge, the West Indies batting lineup collapsed under the pressure of the England bowling attack, and at one point they were 61 for 6.

Speaking exclusively to BBC Sport, Richards, who is tired of watching the West Indies side constantly fail in the batting department, said: “It was immature and these individuals need to think about the requirements to play at this level, they must be given credit for the way they bowled, but batters did not come to party and need to sort their heads out where shot selection is concerned.”

England’s pace bowlers were responsible for the damage done, and would eventually help their side gain a 2-0 series lead over the West Indies.

Richards, was extremely frustrated with the play of wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, and said: “Ramdin just looks out of sorts, when he first came into the game I felt he was a huge prospect. For some reason he has deteriorated in such a big way. Just the way he is walking back, he looks like a totally lost guy.”

Kirk Edwards, who is another young talent, has not been at his best during this tour, scoring just eight runs in the two Test matches combined.

“My heart bleeds for Kirk Edwards, I guess the young man is not feeling that well. He was just stitting back, waiting on the back foot. The flaws in Kirk Edwards’s technique… he’s looking all over the place. His confidence has been totally destroyed,” Richards said.

England pace bowler Tim Bresnan was ecstatic to have limited the West Indies to 61 for 6 during the second Test match, and said: “To get them six down on that wicket in that little session was fantastic and hats off to everyone – Jimmy and Broady set it up perfectly. I learn a lot from everyone, but having Jimmy out there saying this is what it is doing is invaluable.”

Bresnan, who took 3 wickets and made 39 not out, was extremely pleased with the all-round performance of his team.

“It was a battling knock which shows what the pitch is like, It is quite slow and quite difficult to score on so you’ve got to bat time,” Bresnan added.

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