Stuart praises Windies character in drawing Sabina Park Test

first_imgBy Rajiv BisnauthFORMER West Indies fast bowler Colin Stuart has praised the character shown by West Indies in salvaging a draw in the Sabina Park Test against India, adding that some of their batsmen have shown some semblance of maturity. After a humiliating and embarrassing defeat by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test at Antigua, the West Indies’ confidence would have surely taken a hit.It seemed that there was no stopping their woeful performance in the longer version of the game, and the Caribbean players and the staff would surely have realised that something was terribly wrong and they needed to address the free-fall.However, the West Indies managed to show character and gave signs of a comeback in the series. There seems to be a change in attitude and behaviour out in the middle, and what is most important was how the West Indies lower middle-order batsmen applied themselves, showing a sense of responsibility.“I thought the batting on the fifth day was impressive, encouraging and promising.From a position of 48-4 on the fourth day, it takes character, judgement and application to actually get out from a situation of that sort, but Roston Chase’s maiden Test century coupled with 50s from Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder helped the West Indies end the day on 388-6, with a lead of 84 runs, so definitely they all played with that maturity which is good news for West Indies cricket, Stuart, who played six Tests, pointed out.Chase’s career-best was the highlight on day five.Having begun the day needing just six wickets for victory, India would have fancied their chances, but a spirited rear-guard action from the West Indies lower middle-order ensured that India has only a 1-0 lead going into the third Test.Having won the toss and electing to bat first on day one, it didn’t go according to plan for the hosts as they were bundled out for 196 before tea on the first day. From then onwards, until day five, it was all India.First, the visitors’ batsmen stuck into the West Indian bowling line-up, with KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane scoring centuries and three more finishing in their 40s. Having declared on 500-9 with a lead of over 300, India were firm favourties and by picking up four wickets on a rain-interrupted day four, they enhanced their chances of victory.But day five belonged to the West Indies and Chase as they finished the day with a lead and salvaged a draw when defeat looked the most likely outcome.The third of four Tests starts on Tuesday in St Lucia.last_img read more

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