West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor has announced that he was pleased to see his side’s patience pay off on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad.
Taylor took four wickets as the tourists were skittled out for a dismal 221.
“It [Queen’s Park Oval] is the kind of pitch that you have to put in something to get something out of it. You have to put in that hard work,” Taylor said. “After the first session, we went back out knowing that we had to give ourselves a chance to get into the game and just be a bit more patient.
“It just goes to show that whenever you’re patient and you’re disciplined it pays off. We spoke about how they got away from us in the first session and decided we had to make amends and cut down the run rate and look to get some wickets in between. I think we did a good job.”
Taylor also noted that the West Indies lost the first Test in Jamaica due to their lack of patience.
“In the first game in Jamaica, we spoke about the need to be patient as well. The New Zealanders were patient and they pulled off a win and we needed to beat them at that,” he said. “I think I bowled a bit straighter and a bit fuller than I did in Jamaica and that also helped me. I had the batsmen playing a bit mor, which is what you need to do as a fast bowler.”
Taylor added that it was also good to be playing a Test series for the first time since 2009.
“I have been having a lot of talks with Sir Curtly and he is someone that you can learn a lot from in terms of fast bowling,” Taylor said. “He is passing on a lot of the knowledge and that is something that is vital for us.
“I must give some credit to him, he had done a lot for us in terms of mindset and approach to the game. He continues to stress that in Test cricket you need to be patient with the ball.”