May 26, 2000

Two views of day 1

On the day's play:

Roger Harper, West Indies coach

It was a tough day. It's always tough playing back-to-back Test matches. I thought that some of our bowlers felt the effects of that, but we stuck to the task fairly well. We're still in a fairly decent position.

On the decision to field first:

There was a little bit of a debate. In the end, because of the little moisture in the pitch and with the four fast bowlers, we thought we better make use of whatever assistance we could get early on.

On the 19 no-balls sent down:

That was one of the disappointing things on the day. There was a little bit of tiredness, frustration and lack of concentration getting into the game which allowed us to give away that many no-balls.

On why Curtly Ambrose did not bowl after tea:

The captain more-or-less used the bowlers whom he thought were best suited to the conditions. I believe that Curtly was not at his best today physically.

Yousuf Youhana, the Pakistan batsman who ended the day unbeaten on 102, his second century in the series:

Comparing yesterday's century with the one in the Barbados Test match:

Both were good, but this was better because the pitch was a little difficult.

On the turnaround in his form:

My captain and my coach have backed me a lot. My coach is a great player.

Every day he gives me tips. The captain is very helpful. He tells me: `You are a good player. You have to do it.'

On his wife's support:

The luck is continuing. She is very nice. She prays for me every day. I miss my family and parents.

On Courtney Walsh:

He is the best (bowler) in the world.