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March 21, 2013
Much of West Indies' control over Zimbabwe in the Test series so far has come through Shane Shillingford. With a five-wicket haul on the first day in Roseau, the offspinner has already taken his tally to 14 for the series. The support shown by his team-mates and the management, he said, was indicative of his good work.
"(I'm) looking forward to even getting 12 in this match. Once I get the support from the captain, and the players as well, the coach and everybody, I know I'm doing a good job," he said.
Shillingford said that he changed his approach to bowling a little wide outside off stump to counter the sweep which was being employed by the right-handed batsmen.
"For the right-handers, when they tried to sweep I tried not to bowl too straight but to bowl a little wider of the off-stump. I noticed they then changed their game plan. I felt our change of tactics worked quite well and we held them very tight. They had to look for other ways to score their runs."
His spell of 5 for 59 helped his side bowl Zimbabwe out for 175, 20 minutes after tea. In the only other Test he played here, against Australia last year, he took ten wickets.
"Absolutely feels good, especially coming back home and performing. Coming straight from the first-class season, getting the first match and now the second match. It's always a pleasure playing with home support and everything.
"To be honest, every time West Indies come here, the guys are happy. Because they know the type of crowd they're going to get. What I really appreciate is that Dominican people support good cricket."
But unlike Shillingford's last Test here, the crowd is likely to see a West Indies victory this time round.
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