West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, St Kitts May 18, 2011

Nash hopes for more St Kitts success

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brendan Nash, the West Indies vice-captain, is hoping that a return to St Kitts will bring him another big score as his side aims to wrap up the series against Pakistan. The second Test begins on Friday at Warner Park, where Nash last year made his highest Test score, 114 against South Africa.

West Indies are coming off a morale-boosting victory in the first Test in Guyana, their first Test win in more than two years. However, Nash didn't have much impact in the match, scoring 5 in the first innings and 3 in the second, and he wants to play his part in St Kitts.

"Last year when we played here we got a really good batting surface and I managed to get a good century, which was my second century for the West Indies," Nash said. "We were outplayed by the South Africans in the first match in Trinidad, but we rebounded to get what you could say was a fighting draw here in St Kitts.

"I felt I batted really well, adding some valuable runs with Shiv [Chanderpaul], who also got a good century. Shiv and I put on a very good partnership. There were quite a few runs scored in that match and it was good the way we responded. Coming back here again this year I will be looking for another big score for the team. I didn't get many in Guyana so I know I will be looking to make a greater contribution in this match.

"We did some really good things in Guyana and we will be looking to do well again here. The bowlers were exceptional. [Darren] Sammy led from the front and the others followed. Ravi [Rampaul] got some great wickets for us and [Devendra] Bishoo was also very good in his first match. I rate the performance of the team very high."

Fourteen players have travelled to St Kitts to prepare for the second Test; the XI from the Guyana victory plus Fidel Edwards, Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite. The squad will be trimmed to 13 on Thursday.

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  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT


  • mixx on May 20, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    How does Baugh not warrant a side in the test team. i bad match and he's out? He performed admirably in the Sri Lanka series before he got injred just b4 world cup. Devon Smith has proven that he's just not up 2 this level. kraigg brathwaite debut? well he certainly can't do as bad as smith is

  • dummy4fb on May 19, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Brandon Nash is an excellent cricketer and can play a big part West Indies against Pakistan in the second Test at Warner Park from Friday May20... good luck to West Indies

  • WindiesWillow on May 19, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Roach has done a lot for us in the recent past, but he looks tired now. he has been singlehandedly carrying a huge burden for the past 2 years. let Fidel get a good warm up for India. Also, this will be a batting surface, so no need for Roach to exhaust himself on it. Try Nash to open and Samuels in the middle. Nash has excellent temperament.

  • javiso on May 19, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I agree Baugh does not warrant a place on the starting 11, but I am totally against Simmons as keeper, especially in a test match. He is now beginning to find his feet at the international stage, and if we have his future at heart, we cannot ask him to open and keep in a test......20/20's OK, one days MAYBE.....but NOT TEST MATCHES. If the desire is to convince him to become a permanent keeper/batsman due to no credible alternatives (and if he wants to make a career as keeper), he has to drop to 6 or 7 in the batting order (a la Dujon who was initially chosen as a batsman and later was transformed to keeper). And why are people even contemplating Chanderpaul or Nash opening???? NO NO NO!!!! These guys need to be in the middle order to stabalize the innings!!! Bring in Braithwaite and Samuels to open, and drop Smith and Baugh. Braitwaite may be young, but he has the hunger and ability, and it will be better for Windies if he is blooded against a this inexperienced Pakistan side.

  • Silva-Surfa on May 19, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Alot of the recognised batsman from both sides failed in Guyana, but the most alarming of all, was the predictable failure of Devon Smith. He couldn't figure out Greame Swann a few years back and he's not really recovered from any off-spinner since. You've heard of spinners opening in ODIs and T20s, but in test matches?...talk about being beaten before a ball is bowled. I like Smith, he's a good correct player, but for some reason is unable to concentrate, even when he gets a start, but now he's totally owned by off-spinners. He needs to address that if he wants a future in International cricket. With St Kitts being renowned as a flat pitch, i'd play another bowler to strengthen our chances of getting 20 wickets, but it looks likely that Smith will be replaced with another batsman. If so i'd like to see the domestic in-form Samuels get a place in the middle-order and for either Chanderpaul or Nash, open with Simmons.

  • dummy4fb on May 19, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Pak. has such confidence in getting smith out that they open the bowling in a test match with a spinner. - Smith needs to prove himself but have to work on his approach to spin first. I long for a keeper who could get at least 30 runs CONSISTENTLY. We must keep the experience and genuine test demeanour of Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Nash. The first test proved how important they are. Roach appears under his best (maybe tired) so lets see what edwards has.

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 19, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    devon smith , Baugh & roach should make way for fidel Samuels & Brathwaite. Shiv & simmons open Sarwan at 3 bravo 4 brathwaite 5 Samuels 6 nash 7 Bishoo 8 Rampaul 9 Edwards 10 & Sammy 11

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    sarwan did not fail he got out 2 a ball that bounced up at him from nowhere in the 2nd innings. that was a freak delivery that would have surprised anyone. & he was given out unfairly in the first innings by 3rd umpires mistake. Nash got out 2 a good ball in the 1st innings & was unlucky to be run out in the 2nd or he would have but up more of a fight with chanderpaul. it is sammy & baugh who threw away their wickets

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on May 19, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Its better to have more right handers in the team as they have M.Hafeez & S. Ajmal who troubles Left handers specially.. Its better to replace D.Dmith with M.Samuels or C.Braithwaite..

    My squad for INdia:

    C.Gayle,A.Barath,DM Bravo,DJ Bravo,L.Simmons(wk),S.chanderpaul,R.Sarwan,M.Samuels/A.Russel,K.Pollard,K.Roach,F.Edwards,J.Taylor,D.Bishoo,S.Benn,D.Sammy(Cap).

    For Test leave out Pollard and bring in B.Nash

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