West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 3rd day March 14, 2013

Brendan Taylor rues batting failure

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Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, rued his team's performance with the bat in the first Test in Barbados, where West Indies won comfortably by nine wickets. Several Zimbabwe batsmen, including Taylor, squandered starts in the first innings to post just 211 on the first day, and then collapsed in the second innings to be bowled out for 107.

"It was a tough Test, we let ourselves down in the first innings," Taylor said at the post-match presentation. "Getting just 200 was disappointing, had we got 300 it could have been a different game. Not a lot of positives in the game apart from Kyle Jarvis' bowling."

Five of the top six got starts in the first innings, but only three batsmen managed to reach double-figures in the second. Struggling at 41 for 3 at stumps at the end of the second day, Zimbabwe were bowled out in the morning session on the third. "We've got to find a way to combat their spin [Shane Shillingford] and three-pronged pace attack [Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel, and Kemar Roach]."

Jarvis picked up a five-for in the first innings, this after he had just two wickets to his name in the limited-overs matches prior to the Test series. "I am pleased for him," Taylor said. "It's nice to see him swinging the ball again."

Taylor admitted it didn't help that one of his strike bowlers, legspinner Graeme Cremer, proved expensive in the first innings, as Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and Denesh Ramdin took him for runs. But he backed the bowler to fight back, and hoped for a better performance from the team in the next Test in Dominica. "We hear it spins more in Dominica, it'll be challenging."

Sammy praised his team for winning five Tests in a row, their first such achievement since 1988. His quickfire knock was a game-changing one and he said he'd been working with his batting coach Toby Ratford, who suggested a slight change to his grip. But the Man of the Match was offspinner Shillingford, who picked up nine wickets in the game, including six in the second innings, in what was his Test comeback. He played his previous Test in England in May 2012.

"I played a couple of games here during the first-class season and picked up wickets, I just gave it my all," Shillingford said. He has had an impressive first-class season, collecting 24 wickets for Windward Islands in three games at 15.25. "I tried to bowl a consistent line first up and then tried to spin the ball as much as possible."

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  • Ravi on March 15, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe were a bit unlucky Mpofu could have really been useful in Barbados along with Jarvis and Utseya should probably play ahead of Cremer in Dominica to keep one end in check while Zimbabwe attack from the other end....sadly I think that Zimbabwe could have beaten West Indies in this game and the game changing part of the test was when Zimbabwe could not dislodge Sammy nor Ramdin and Cremer took the pressure off the Windies immensely

  • ZCF on March 15, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    - Cremer is rubbish! - The jury is still out on Jarvis. Samuels & Chanderpaul gave their wickets away, the rest were there for the taking. Hami & Chatara did the genuine damage. - Our best batsman Sibanda should be used to further our innings, not sacrificed against the new ball. For the 2nd Test it's Chakabva should open while Taylor keeps. - Waller has no business appearing at this level, and Craig Ervine has been pathetic at FC level for close to 18 months. Whatever possessed the selectors to overlook Sean Williams for them is a cause for an inquiry! - Attitude & comic nature add little value, particularly if you're an old useless fielder, plus a bowler who is merely there to give the batsman a rest from the occasional brilliance dished out from the other end. It's time Price stepped aside for Utseya who has consistently outbowled him in their franchise.

    Going forward... Mawoyo, Matsikenyeri, H Masakadza, Sibanda, Taylor(wk), Williams, Maruma, Chigumbura, Utseya, S Masakadza, Mpofu

  • joel on March 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Kyle Jarvis looks like a Test Class swinging medium pacer. The others look like members of a club team.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    if zimbabwe cricket team counter attack on west indies so they make a lot of score on borad.i just say do good and best of luck for 2nd test and good prepartion aganist spinner of west indies.