Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day

Gibson defends West Indies' declaration

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

November 15, 2012

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Darren Sammy dismissed the centurion Naeem Islam, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day, November 15, 2012
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson: "There is not a lot on the pitch, not a lot of swing. So guys running in were trying hard. They put in a lot of effort." © AFP
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Following Bangladesh's fight back on the third day in Mirpur, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has defended his team's decision to declare their first innings when they did. West Indies were cruising at 527 for 4 at tea on the second day, when Darren Sammy called the innings closed, after which Bangladesh pushed on to 455 for 6 by stumps on day three.

"You can make 600 but you will still need to have enough time to come back and win the match," Gibson said. "The pitch is flat and the ball didn't do much for pace or spin. So if you want to get 20 wickets, you need more time to bowl them out."

Sunil Narine going wicketless so far, giving away 89 runs from 21 overs, has been another problem for West Indies. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have picked him well, while the maiden centurion Naeem Islam faced 52 deliveries of his to score 32 without being troubled too many times. Gibson expressed his disappointment over Narine, while having good things to say about debutant Veerasammy Permaul.

"He [Sunil Narine] didn't bowl as well as we expected him to bowl, but this is his [fourth] game in international cricket and it's a learning experience for him. On the other side, young [Veerasammy] Permaul bowled really well. He flighted the ball.

"Sammy bowled well too. Today was not all bad for us. We probably expected to get a few more wickets, but we need to work a little harder."

After the first session of this Test match, the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch lost all moisture that would have ensured some bounce and turn, and transformed into a featherbed - that only ten wickets that have fallen in three days serves as evidence of the same.

Gibson put the onus on Bangladesh to still play positive cricket, the hosts yet being adrift by 72 runs in the first innings with four wickets in hand. "There are still two more days to go and I would like to say that Bangladesh will definitely want to win it. If they targeted to draw the match then it would be a negative situation. They played a really good day today and that will give them confidence to win the game. But there are two days ahead of us and they are still behind us, so who knows what will happen."

West Indies most successful bowlers so far have been the faster bowlers: Ravi Rampaul picked up three wickets from his 26 overs while captain Sammy was rewarded for being patient. Gibson said the conditions had taken a lot out of them. "There is not a lot on the pitch, not a lot of swing. So guys running in were trying hard. They put in a lot of effort.

"On a flat pitch like that you need to unsettle them with bouncers. But credit to the Bangladesh batsman, they didn't let us bully them too much."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

How much longer should the WI bat? In order for test cricket to continue,the fans must be given a product that excites them, gives them something to come to see; I see the declaration as a positive step,BD so far has a slight edge-maybe-. I,M not going to clobber Narine--I would,ve prefered Shillingford, Bishoo or Benn, Remember him? Why? Benn,s experience. He extracts life from the dead, it's called, control-flight & bounce. Shillingford from my observation is the best spinner in the WI arsenal- his flight of the ball on this wicket, like Benn's would've been interesting.De Lorn Johnson again with his ability to extracr bounce from the wicket, to lift the ball, to attack the batsmen is needed here.We are still putting the team in place--decent team, but still not balance.Lets play ball.We scored high w/out significant contribution from Gayle & Samuels, so the runs were not an issue, the bowling needs more pizzaz.Fast young & hostile to unsettlethe batsmen.

Posted by British_North_America on (November 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

West Indies is now in their own trap.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I think if Shillingford was a Trinidadian, he would have been in the side bowling. I think i have more confidence in Shillingford in the test match than I have in Narine.

Posted by delboy on (November 16, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

For the first time since his tenure I find myself agreeing with a Gibson statement. Why? Because its pure rhetoric, to win a match batting first you MUST bowl the opposition out twice simple. However another 40-50 runs ahead could have had a greater psychological effect on the opposition batsmen. Knowing that they have enough time to play for a draw is not a guarantee that your 'weak' bowling attack will be able to take 20 wickets. If WI's bowling attack was potent enough to enforce a following on then the win might be 80% certainty rather than the draw at the moment.

Posted by tappee74 on (November 16, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Gibson has exposed a lack of leadership skill by openly expressing his disappointment against Narine & praising Permaul.The wicket has been a dead one & both sides suffered to the batsmen.Remark of such only adds to the demoralization of the team and players.

Posted by Meety on (November 16, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Good on you WIndies. Showed intent. That said great fight from bangladesh, with a bloke like Sohag batting @ #9 with 2 FC tons, I'd expect taking 20 wickets against Banga would not be easy!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 16, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Administrators are killing the game. Look at this match then that between AUS and SA and finishing with the first day of India vs England. Dull pitches, all of them. Fast bowlers have nothing left in the game. Its a pity that they themselves are pushing the fans towards T20.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I have said before and will say again....SUNIL NARINE IS NOT A TEST MATCH BOWLER! He takes wickets in limited overs because the batsmen have to attack him but he does not have the patience or the control to play in test matches. I am still disappointed that they didn't pick Shane for this tour although young Permaul is bowling ok for now. I think Shane is the best bowler we have for the Longer version of the game. He has great control and can turn the ball on almost any surface.

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 16, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

I am not sure whats there to defend. 527 is a good score even on a flat track. i doubt it would have mattered if they declared at 600. you need to give credit to the BD batsmen for batting so well.

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (November 16, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

I guess WI should be patient on Sunil Narine and they shouldn't have brought him too early in test cricket. He needs more first class experience.This will now hamper his confidence and he may lose his "mojo" like Ajanta Mendis.Please rely on Bishoo and Permaul instead.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

I have no problem with giving Narine time to develop as a test spinner, but he should try to develop in the 1st class arena. What is baffling is how we cry that we should give some spinners a chance while we quickly discard some. Shillingford just got 10 wickets in a match against Australia, the where did he go? He played one match in England (where he was not very successful - neither was Narine). WI continue to shoout themselves in the foot by these type of decisions.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Shillingford is our best test spinner. I am baffled at his absence in the touring party.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (November 16, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

I don't know why people would criticize the decision in the first place. I mean what you want them to do? Bat 2 whole days? What's the point of that? We have enough of India_vs_Sri Lanka type of scores these days. We don't need any more of that. I hope Bangladesh declare their innings too. I hope they dont waste time w/o a direct game plan.

Posted by CHANDERPAUL on (November 16, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Again I'm say this, Naine is struggling in test cricket, although he is a top class spinner in the T20 and ODI format. Bishoo is a better and more consistent bowler in test cricket. I think after Shane Warne is Murali, and then Bishoo.

Posted by simonviller on (November 16, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

WI did the right thing to declare the innings closed ,but I thought ten minutes after the tea break would have been a better move . To those "Arm-chair-Quarterbacks" , " hind- sight is always better than fore- sight " . To keep test cricket alive, decisions like these have to be made to inject life into matches .... To you Narine detractors , just give the guy some time before you condemn him ; no player will prosper in all conditions at all times .

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

I think people are too quick to call Sunil Narine a failure after only one inning on a very flat pitch. No spinner in the world would have had major success on this pitch!! Let wait and see how this wicket plays for the remainder of this test match. Sunil will have success if conditions offer some assistance to spinners. I look for Sunil to get many wickets in the remaining matches on this tour! As for Bishoo, he had a great start to his career but did not perform well in subsequent matches. He needs to get stronger physically so as to avoid the no-balls that have crept into his bowling and the tendency to pitch the ball short after bowling 6 or 7 overs on the trot. Looking forward to when we can have both Narine and Bishoo operating at the same time in a test match!!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 15, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

This was an excellent declaration by WI. Very positive and Aussie-like You need time to take 20 wickets to win a Test. The only negative was the slowing down of the scoring rate by Chanders and Ramdin rather than speeding it up. Sammys hitting talents were not used. Really feel sorry for Bishoo at the moment though. Definitely a better long format prospect than Narine, although Narine will be ok.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 15, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

That was a wrong decision 4m Caribbeans. They were over confident or underestimated the hosts, I guess. Now there's immense pressure on the Caribbean bowlers. It's a big chance for BD batsmen to make history tomorrow. Best of luck for both sides for last 2 days.

Posted by zmahmud on (November 15, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

I don't know about West Indies but this is cricket at it's best. Poised for anything. This is what makes the purists cry. I am liking it.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

I don't feel Sunil Narine is a suitable spinner for the Test cricket, he may be a hero in ODI and T20 with his bowling variations, but those variations doesn't going to work in Test Cricket. What's happen to Devendra Bishoo( he's a better bowler in Test cricket than Sunil Narine and had a great success in 2011 world cup in the subcontinent wickets.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 15, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Like I said before Narine will struggle in tests even against weaker opppsition as there's unlimited time in Test Cricket. Anyone can batter or bowler can be successful with luck in T20 and the only reason he has been so successful in T20s is 1 he's new to the arena and 2 with all that variations and not enough time to assess him of course he'll be successful in limited overs. West Indies missed the trick by not taking Bishoo because leg spinner are far more effective on these suncontinent pitches then off spinners as they can turn the ball a great ball. Its true apart from the first session on Day 1 and 2 and first part of 3 the track was flat and minimal turn but the later 2 today started to offer a lot for spin bowlers even Samuels almost got a breakthrough on some occasions. Narine will pick up some wickets against Bangladesh mainly the tail but will not achieve a 5 wicket haul because the opposition plays spin far better than pace. Even Ajmal failed to do so against Bangladesh.

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