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Barath admits his batting needs improvement

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July 29, 2011

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Adrian Barath gets a bottom edge onto his stumps, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 1st day, July 6, 2011
Adrian Barath looked rusty in the Tests against India © Associated Press
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Adrian Barath, the West Indies batsman, has said that he would've liked to have played more domestic games before returning to international cricket after a long lay-off. Barath injured his hamstring during a World Cup 2011 warm-up match in February and played his first international game in more than four months against India in Kingston in June.

"That would have been the best scenario (but) the medical team and selectors saw it fit in the best time to get me back," Barath told the Trinidad-based Newsday. "It's important that there are no niggles. I played the Trindiad & Tobago Twenty20 Festival but you really can't compare that to international cricket."

Barath had one half-century in the three Tests against India, but looked rusty and struggled to convert his starts, often getting out edging to the slip cordon after shuffling too far across. "I just followed the ball," he said. "It's something I have to work on. Missing cricket has a part to play as well in terms of hand-eye coordination, footwork and just being tentative outside off-stump. I never had this problem before."

Barath is now concentrating on his preparations for the Champions League Twenty20 qualifiers, to be played in Hyderabad, India in September. Trinidad are the defending West Indies regional T20 champions and will play five other sides for three spots in the main tournament.

"It's obviously something we didn't expect (having to qualify) but whatever is thrown at you in life you have to find a way to deal with. The boys are up to these challenges that we are going to face," he said. "I think we have the ability to even win the tournament. We need to play as a team and we have quality players."

Having played for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2010, Barath said that he was not averse to another IPL contract but his loyalties were with West Indies and Trinidad. "My performances are towards T&T winning the Champions League. I would like to contribute towards that goal. If the opportunity arises that I can get an IPL contract then no problem. Once it doesn't coincide with international cricket (I will play). I have to be faithful to West Indies cricket."

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Posted by CollisKing on (August 1, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

@PaddyRasta. I am totally disagreeing with you. I would never go into a Test match with just these 4 bowlers without the added security of a) an all-rounder or b) a batsman who can bowl and hold one end (we had them in previous times: Viv, Carl Hooper, Phil Simmons). What happens if one of the 4 bowlers breaks down or gets injured? It happened in Dominica, this powder-puff 3-man bowling attack was exposed, any chance of forcing the issue at any stage in the match was gone on day 1. Unfortunately the lack of any reliability in the batting complicates the issue. The days of Greenidge, Haynes, Richardson etc. at the top or the order are long gone.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (July 31, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

@CollisKing So you have effectively agreed with me - not 5 bowlers. But Sammy is not a genuine allrounder. Internationally he has 2 ODI 50s in 74 innings and only has 1 domestic first class 100 to his name - I live in hope that he can develop as a batsman, but these figures do not show promise. He is in the side as a bowler, end of story and will be so for the foreseeable future. So as fanciful and desirable that a Roach and Fidel new ball attack is, this will not be happening unless Sammy gets injured. And the talented Russell will have to sit out for the Tests.

Posted by cgtboy87 on (July 31, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

you have a great test batsman in your team barath..shiv and sarwan can guide these players to the next level.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

@PaddyRasta. You are correct. The problem with our batting is our first class averages. If you look at the various scorecards every year, in most games the teams struggle to make 275. They therefore have difficulty making the step up to test cricket where the bowling is at a higher level.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (July 31, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

@VivGilchrist I agree with you entirely. Never mind Test averages - the batting lineup all struggle to show first class averages greater than 40 and it is debatable how first class e.g. the 4 day game is in WI anyway. A couple Barath, young Bravo and Kirk Edwards have shown some promise but whether they will develop consistency only time will tell.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (July 31, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

The sad part for the Windies is that batsmen that supporters believe should be carrying this team forward and batting in the top 7 - Samuels, Barath, Simmons, Baugh, Sammy, Dwayne Bravo etc all have batting averages well below par. Bravo snr has the highest with 31, which would get you a game for any of the other major Test nations. The bowling though, looks very good.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 23:42 GMT)

I believe the ipl destroyed barath as well as many others. It has made him too attacking resulting in him being impatient and having difficulty in tests matches. He has to learn too show his potential he certainly has and use his brain and feet more. I would still prefer seeing him opening the batting with gayle in test matches.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (July 30, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

IF BARATT WANT A GOOD TEACHER IT IS ROHAN KANHAI. WHE ROHAN WAS A COACHE IN JAMAICA HE BROGHT SOME GOOD PLAYERS. AND I THINK BHARATT SHOUL TRY AND REACH HIM FOR SOME ADVICE. ROHAN WAS THE GREATEST IN HIS DAYS. ALL BOWLERS IN DAYS WAS AFRAID OF ROHAN EVEN ALL THE WEST INDIES BOWLERS, HALL, GRIFFIT, SOBERS, AND THE REST. HE WAS A POWERFUL BATSMAN. CONTACT ROHAN FOR ADVISE. S. N . SINGH U S A

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

Barath has to realize the difference in test and T20 and make the adjustment mentaly to be on top of his game but he is still young and has room to develop

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

The only way Bharath will improve his batting is if he improves on his usage of the space between his ears! He is not quite the the thinking cricketer as yet and plays more on adrenalin now. The young man needs to understand that at the Test level his competitive advantage is his ability to out-think the opposition as he has already that he has the skill to be at the Test Level.

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