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West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has announced that he is hoping the pitch in Barbados will have more in it for the pace bowlers during the third and decisive Test against New Zealand.
Gibson noted that the team’s pace duo of Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach have worked extremely hard in the first two Tests, which is why he would like to see them rewarded with a pace-friendly pitch in Barbados.
“We will have a look at the pitch and see what it holds. Kensington always has a little bit in it for the bowlers as well,” Gibson was quoted as saying by CMC. “Trinidad was a very un-Trinidad like pitch; it was a good pitch for batting and the bowlers had to work hard. It was probably one of the best pitches I’ve seen in Trinidad for a long time. I thought the bowlers bowled well in Jamaica and we backed it up in Trinidad on a pitch where we had to work really hard.
“Hopefully we’ll get a very good surface in Barbados, one that helps our quick bowlers a little bit more than maybe Trinidad and Jamaica. Our fast bowlers are bowling fantastically well so hopefully we get a pitch that gives them a little bit of support and they can continue to bowl the way they have been bowling and bowl us to a series win.”