Australia in West Indies 2012 March 9, 2012

Best back with 'better control and understanding'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tino Best, the West Indies fast bowler, has said he has "better control and understanding" of his bowling after more than two years on the sidelines and is eager to make an impact for the national side against Australia in the ODI series at home, for which he's earned a recall.

Best, 31, last played international cricket in the 2009 Champions Trophy; his subsequent performance on the domestic circuit won him back his place in the West Indies squad. "I'm fully focussed. I am fully aware of what is expected of me and what is required by the team. I have worked extremely hard to get back into the team and I will continue to work hard to stay in the team," Best said.

"Everyone knows I'm the kind of player with great self belief and that belief has brought me to this point. I never gave up hope. I always believed that once I did what's required - stay fit and strong, bowl fast and bowl well - I would be knocking at the door. Representing the West Indies is the ultimate goal."

In his most recent first-class appearance in late February, Best picked up seven wickets for Barbados in their crushing win over Combined Campuses and Colleges and bagged 6 for 44 in a warm-up game that followed.

"One of the areas I have worked really hard on is my consistency of both line and length," Best said. "I try to keep up on my pace and I always try to look for wickets. I have been doing a lot of work with Vasbert Drakes in the Barbados team and he has been an amazing help. He helped me to refine my action and my approach to the crease when I bowl.

"Also, we have been working on my new-ball skills and trying to get the most out of the ball when it is hard and new and the wicket is offering help to the bowlers. I have put these things in place and I now have better control and understanding."

Another player who shone in the warm-up encounter was Kieron Pollard, who smashed 151 in 120 balls, striking 10 fours and as many sixes to rescue his side from the depths of 25 for 5. "I have been playing a lot of Twenty20 cricket, but when you practice, you do not practice Twenty20," Pollard said. "When you practice, you work on your technique and there are a number of things I have been working on."

"It was the kind of position in which I have found myself on a number of occasions in the past and I wanted to handle the situation differently. The team was in trouble, and I went out there and tried to stick it out a bit, hang around a bit, and see how it unfolded from there."

The ODI series begins on March 16.

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  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Well let's hope that is the case with Best. There's never been any doubt about the pace he can generate, but his discipline, line and length was always a letdown. The amount of beamers he used to bowl, when attempting yorkers was scary and with most fast-bowlers, once they get to their 30s, the pace is cutdown, with control and variation taking over. Unfortunately for Tino, the competition for frontline bowlers in the caribbean is in better shape than the batting. With Rampaul, Fidel, Roach, Russell and Pascal basically playing for three places (as well as the captain), it will be tough for Best to find a regular place in the Squad (in all formats). I wish him luck though, his pride and passion is sorely missed.

  • Gordon on March 12, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Welcome back Tino Best. I have no doupt you will do well buddy. And if you have a great run with the ball in ODI's you may get a call up to the Test squad.

  • Sylvanus on March 12, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Rayfanatics you call yourself a WI fan? If I recall we have had other Captains and have still had a whitewash. So why blame Sammy? Blame the persons who by their actions elected not too play for WI. So 5-0 would not be a new thing though I doubt WI would be a walk-over.

  • Ravin on March 11, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Sorry to say but 5-0 in Australia's favour, You can't win a game against Oz with Sammy as captain and other bits and pieces players. You need specialists and experience for even a sniff of an upset. Cmon selectors just quit in shame instead of selecting your puppets.

  • Rakesh on March 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Tino Best is 30 years and not 31 as mentioned. If you say he is 31 years old than Dravid is 40 years and Tendulkar is 39 years who will be 40 year ols in a year.I wonder why the cric info wants to make Indian ageing batsnam younger . Just check the profiles.

  • P Subramani on March 10, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I have a feeling that West Indies is going to surprise Australia. They have the fast bowling fire power and spinning guile to match anyone right now. Add to that their assembly line of very good batsman and you have a powerful team. All that they need is self belief. That they are the best. In the late 50s and early60s they were very good but remained on the sidelines because of captaincy perhaps. Then Frank Worrell came and after that there was no looking back for them. I get the feeling that they are going to be champs soon. So great luck to Sammy and his wonderful team.

  • Nadeem on March 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Best really needed to control his line and length a lot. If he has done it then he is not a bad bowler because he has pace. Playing against aussies is not that easy for any player , let's see how best play against the best.

  • nicholas on March 9, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Sammy had the better players, but still lost. but He scored 70 runs, Good for him. Pollard had the most runs in the ODI- series VS India for WI, followed by Ramdin, Russel and Simmons, He scored a Century, and Ramdin had "96", they will have to carry WI. They both have been the consistent for the past year. Without Rampaul (WI mos consistent bowler) they lack wicket-takers, and without (Bharat, Simmons an Chanders they lack run scorers) LINE-UP 4 bowlers--[Narine-(could bat very good as well), Roach, Bishoo, Best) 5 all-rounders--[Pollard, Russel, Dwayne, Sammy and Samuels] 1 Keeper/Batsmanr[Ramdin] 1 Batsman[Darren Bravo] from this line-up you have 8 batsmen, 8 bowlers, very balanced team. (NO- weak links)

  • Michael on March 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Hope you don't get too hyper after taking wickets.Doubt you will be in the starting XI though !

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