West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Roseau, 1st day March 21, 2013

'I know I'm doing a good job' - Shillingford

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Rally_Windies. I fully expect you to support a weird conspiracy theory like that based on comments made by you in the past. West Indies vs Bangladesh Nov 2012 at Mirpur. Narine bowled 32.3 overs, more than any other bowler and captured 3 wickets. Those were nos 8, 9, and 10, the last 3 wickets to fall, the tail. Second innings Narine bowled more overs than any other bowler. Can we assume therefore that Narine is Sammy's "friend"? We'll get back to that another time. Explain why there was some criticism of Sammy's captaincy suggesting that he did not give Shilliingford enough overs. Some "friend".

  • Ali on March 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    John Duchaussee

    get your head in the game....

    giving a "friend" to clean up the tail and get a 5 fer is quite a COMMON practice in ALL cricket ......

    Shane bowled 21 overs and Gabriel Bowled 8 - Tino Best bowled horribly and he was given 10 overs by the Captain ..

    so ask yourself what would have happened if Gabriel was given the 14-15 overs he deserved.... and Tino only bowled 7 overs (which is what he deserved) ..

    with better Captaincy, Zimbabwe would not have crossed 150 runs .....

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    There is no bias in the decision by Sammy ,Zimbabwe have struggled against spin ,Ig Gabriel is not retianed in the squad and used properly ,that will be Sammy's fault .While Gabriel did bowl very well, his spell was not causing the batsmen any discomfort ,so they decided to play defensively to him ,and the stats will show that ,yes he could have had a 5 for ,but when you have a spinner at the other end who has the best bowling record on the venue ,you let him bowl because he is the best chance you have at taking wickets.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    SNIFFLEATHER let me get this straight. Are you saying that with a different captain Shane Shillingford would have gotten less wickets and another bowler would have taken more because the friendship factor between the captain and Shillingford would have been removed. Talk about a conspiracy theory. Pal you really are stretching your imagination to the limit.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Shane continuing from where you left off in Barbados. Lane Gibbs would give his nod of approval. A good all-round team performance. Looking forward to Chris, Marlon and others giving us fans a superlative batting display.

  • Carl on March 21, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Although Shillingford has done well, I can't help but think that he has his friend Sammy to thank for these recent hauls. A good captain would have thrown the ball to Gabriel, who was bowling much better. If he had finished off the tail, which he would have done, and finished with 5-20 or something, that would have been more beneficial to West Indies cricket. And groundsmen, please for the love of God get back to creating some hard tracks that encourage stroke play and fast bowling. THAT is what West Indies cricket is about.

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