WI v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 3rd day March 15, 2013

'My best performance ever' - Shillingford

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford has a ten-wicket haul against Australia, but he rated his match-winning effort against Zimbabwe in Barbados as the best performance of his budding career. Shillingford's 9 for 107 helped West Indies achieve their fifth consecutive Test victory, beating Zimbabwe by nine wickets in two days and two hours at Kensington Oval.

"I would rate this as my best performance ever. When I got the ten wickets against Australia last year, we didn't win the match, so there wasn't anything to celebrate," Shillingford said after his team had taken a 1-0 lead in the series. "Today I got six, and ended with nine in the match. We have something to celebrate - we won the match [by a] big [margin] and I'm happy to be part of it. That makes it special."

Shillingford's performance in the second innings - 6 for 49 - was his career best and it helped dismiss Zimbabwe for 109, giving West Indies a target of 12. He used his height to good effect, extracting considerable bounce from a pitch that offered spin as well, and his variety - offbreaks, straighter ones, and changes in pace and trajectory - challenged the batsmen.

"I was quite surprised to see how helpful the pitch was from the first day, so I decided to exploit it," he said. "I was able to get spin and bounce and that was great for me. I knew after that, all I had to do was get the ball in the right areas and I would get my reward."

It was also his return to Test cricket too, having last played a solitary match on the tour of England in May 2012. He had been selected ahead of Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul on the back of a strong first-class performance - 24 wickets in three matches this season.

"I played a couple of games here during the first-class season and picked up wickets," Shillingford said. "I just gave it my all. I tried to bowl a consistent line first up, and then tried to spin the ball as much as possible.

"Before the match, the captain and the coach spoke to us about the importance of this match and series, and the need to win and make it five straight. I was confident from the time I came into the match. I always do well when I play at Kensington against Barbados, so I came into this match knowing I had a crucial role to play."

West Indies and Zimbabwe play the last Test in Roseau from March 20.

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  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I agree with what most people are saying here, Shilly is a solid first-class bowler who has shown his class here against ZIM and last year against AUS. Narine has plenty of ability and I can see why he is not playing in this series as he needs to play more first class for T&T, but he is defnitely a good prospect for future tests, remember, as people on here have said before, that warne and murali had similar starts to their careers.

  • Cauldric on March 16, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Some ppl never give credit... as long as a player comes frm their territory the think he should be picked. S'ford is simply saying that ten wkts against whatever opposition means more when you win. Of course Narine is an excellent spinner, but is lack of first class (longer game) experience is woefully obvious. All the talent in the world means little if u do not master its use. Bishoo isnt really setting the local competition alight. Miller I b'lieve is playing exactly where he pelongs- regionally. Quick reminder, Even England's G. Swann rarely does well at home...... OH how refreshing it is when the bash-sammy-whatever-he-does people has nothing to say.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Shane Shillingford is not that extra ordinary bowler. He should play against India, Pakistan, Srilanka or Bangladesh in S.Asian soil. That will be his real test.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Shillingford has done well. Miller has had his chances and may have them again. Narine got his breaks and will be back. Is Shane too tall to be a spinner or what? Is it because he is a Windward Islander? Oh, Sammy did well this time so not wise to pick on him. Any Windward or Leeward player will do?

  • eddo on March 16, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @lenedwards even the INDIAN spinners (the bastion of spin) struggled in England and based on one match in England you dismiss Shilly despite his success against Australia and now Zim at home? @WestIndian4life uh Narine is just about the top ranked ODI bowler (behind only Ajmal) so how on earth can we replace him with Shilly in ODIs? I think Narine is still the best spinner we have in the region he just needs to develop his game in the longer format through more exposure in the 4 day regional games

  • Matthew on March 16, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    @lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk - Shillingford had one bad game on a good batting strip and was moved aside for Narine but the latter performed poorly in England and Bangladesh. Shilly has done alright so far - he's obviously decent on home pitches and has got more experience in the longer game than Narine.

  • Len on March 15, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Shillingford failed when he was in England. he is NOT a Test spinner and when he comes up against quality opposition, he will be his usual self, giving away 4 an over by bowling too short to be mercilessly cut and pulled. The WIndies will then have to drop him ONCE AGAIN just as they did during the English tour.

  • Nathaniel on March 15, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Give Jack his Jacket. Shillingford was effective. Narine might be a better bowler for the shorter version of the game but Shillingford has proved he's better at the longer version (test). He too ten against Australia before. I won't call Australia weak. Narine needs to get into more 4 day games to get used to the longer version.

  • anndi on March 15, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    What People hating Shillingford? Saying that Zim wickets are secondary? Question.......how many wicket did Narine take against Zim.....I see people laughing but the joke is on them!

  • Derek on March 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @Rally_ Imagine if the BEST PLAYERS in the WI were all selected and they lost to Zimbabwe, you such a patriot would sell your passport and leave???? Revel in the TEAM success and stop finding faults. This is one of our biggest problems!! THE OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

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