West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Roseau, 3rd day March 23, 2013

'I'm back and I plan to stay' - Shillingford

ESPNcricinfo staff

As West Indies completed an innings and 65-run victory over Zimbabwe in Dominica to wrap up the series 2-0, there were a number of milestones achieved: wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin claimed his 150th Test dismissal, West Indies won six consecutive Tests for the first time in over two decades, and offspinner Shane Shillingford snatched the team record for the highest wicket tally in a two-match series from Courtney Walsh.

The pitch aided the spinners, and Shillingford made the most of it, adding another five-for to the one he took in the first innings to finish with a match haul of 10 for 93. His 19 wickets in the series - three more than Walsh against New Zealand in 1994-95 - came at 10.52 apiece.

Shillingford put his success down to perseverance: "Today, I concentrated and was willing to be patient to get my wickets. It was a matter of not being complacent and applying ourselves. One of our goals was not to be complacent. We knew once we had them down we had to keep them down and that is what we did."

In the home series against Australia in April 2012 too Shillingford had good returns, taking 14 wickets in two Tests at 26.14 - second only to Kemar Roach on West Indies' wickets chart. However, in the past year, he did not feature in the squad that played New Zealand at home and Bangladesh away.

Shillingford recalled the disappointment of being overlooked: "When I was dropped I felt a certain way, but I never let it get to me too deep. I kept looking forward to the first-class season, to go there and take some wickets and work my way back into the Test team. It was hard work to get back, but now I'm back I plan to stay here."

On the third morning in Roseau, West Indies captain Darren Sammy declared as rain delayed the start of play, leaving his bowlers with a lead of 206. And they delivered, bowling Zimbabwe out in 42.2 overs to seal victory in less than three days. While Sammy and Tino Best struck once each, it was fellow offspinner Marlon Samuels who provided Shillingford with the most effective support once again, taking 3 for 35, including two wickets in two balls to finish off the tail.

Shillingford said he knew the pitch would assist him, and he was happy to have the support of his team-mates as well. "Here is one of the places where the wicket is spin-friendly, I knew I had to get the balls in the right areas and build the pressure, and that is what I tried to do out there," he said. "It was a really great team performance and we are all very proud of what we achieved. The spirit was really good."

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  • joel on March 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @one-eyed-but-keepinitreal...I have watched all of both Tests and Shillingford's action ranges from acceptable to DIABOLICAL, depending on how much turn he wants to put on the ball. Also his doosra may as well be a baseball pitch. He is almost as bad as Ajmal, when it comes to his elbow, and it is interesting that both those guys bowl in 35-40 degree heat with LONG sleeves.

  • David on March 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    I believe that I have a legitimate question about Shillingford's action that somehow seems to miss posts when I pose it. The question is - has Shillingford's action been corrected since the Australian series? During the series against Australia his action looked as bad as Marlon Samuels did during the BBL. I have not seen any of the Zimbabwe tests and his action may have changed ( the long sleeve in the picture above?). Can anyone provide me with answer's? Will this get posted...or disappear as it has previously?

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    does the heart good to see the windies doing well, like the look of Shillingford

  • jeff on March 23, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I don't think that the current west Indies selectors are ready for 2spinners in the side. Shane will keep his place but he needs to keep getting wickets because marine is knocking on the door and we have always seen the way the selectors discard talent if talent is going through a rough patch. Good work Shane....keep fighting

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    congratulations w i now for the big guns . i dont want to here about sammy and gibson their doing a good job ,its the so called good batsman like darren bravo are letting us down because of inconsistentcy .

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