West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad June 9, 2010

Rampaul looks forward to first home Test

Cricinfo staff

In the absence of the injured Jerome Taylor, and with Kemar Roach struggling to shake off an ankle problem, Ravi Rampaul has become the likely spearhead for West Indies' pace attack in the first Test against South Africa. Rampaul made his international debut seven years ago but has played in only three Tests so far, and was looking forward to his first Test in the West Indies, more so since it was at his home ground, Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

"Playing a Test match in front the home crowd and knowing that my family will be right here...it is a very special feeling for me," he said, "I hope the crowd comes out to give me support and push me in the Test match."

West Indies are winless in the series so far, having lost both Twenty20s and being blanked 5-0 in the one-dayers by Graeme Smith's side. Rampaul, however, sought inspiration from West Indies' recent home Test record - including a series victory over England last year and a hard-fought series against Australia in 2008. "Our home record in Tests is good so far and the team is really pumped up for this Test series."

The coach Ottis Gibson also struck a similarly positive note. "We want to come out and show that we are progressing, we are learning and some of the senior guys that did not perform in the one-day series will want to come out and make amends," Gibson said, referring to the lacklustre performance of the side's most experienced batsmen, Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The Test team wears a different look to the one that competed in the limited-overs leg with the likes of Brendan Nash, Shane Shillingford and Nelon Pascal joining the squad. "We have a few new faces in the squad and we will obviously try to move on from the one-day series as quickly as possible," Gibson said. "And even though we lost that series the mood has always been that we are building towards something and the mood in the camp is pretty good so far."

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  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    West Indies have a great chance to win this series. Home advantage. What about playing Pollard in test matches?

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    What is Dowlin's test average ? Isnt it 41 after only 4 test matches ??

    Dowlin is un unspectacular journeyman who like Nash has gotten an opportunity to play at the higher level and has grasped it, and I support him, unlike others who want the Lendl Simmons and the Daren Bravo who have very little experience and who invariably fail when they advance to the higher level. How much better is Richards over Dowlin ???

    Cryong over the bowling also is a lost cause, they really cant play Taylor or Roach if they are injured.

    I would like to see both Shillingford and Benn play in T&T along with Pascal and Rampaul. Injuries have depleted Windies' bowling stock but they have an opportunity to do something radical here.

  • Paul on June 10, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Good luck to him and his mates, they gonna need it.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    wendies cricket have gone to they dogs,why management still trying with old player like dowlin? he have nothing to offer to wendies cricket and you playing him as opener,dale richards are far better player.they boweling dept i dont like ,you can see right a way w i playing defense cricket or lay back so call it

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