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May 22, 2008
In an intimidating start to his Test career, Amit Jaggernauth's first task was to bowl against two of the best batsmen in the world. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey were not in full cry when he was brought on in the second session, but it was not the easiest entry for Jaggernauth, who called his day "decent".
West Indies struggled for penetration after Fidel Edwards struck two early blows and Jaggernauth was given 20 overs to work his way into the game. He collected 1 for 74 as Australia reached 301 for 4 and the breakthrough was a wicket to remember, with Hussey edging to a flying Dwayne Bravo at first slip.
"It wasn't a bad performance, but there is still a lot of room for improvement," Jaggernauth said. "I thought I was a bit too aggressive and tried too many things. What I learned today is that in terms of my game I need to be a little more patient at this level. That is something I would like to improve on as fast as possible."
At times he used plenty of flight, but he was also worked by the batsmen when he bowled flatter. "Being given the ball with Ponting and Hussey at the crease was a huge challenge," he said. "I didn't look at the individual names, but I tried to bowl at the batsman and tried to work on weaknesses that I saw, or tried to bowl to the specific areas that were asked by the captain."
Jaggernauth, a 24-year-old from Trinidad, is a confident man and he continued to toss the ball up even after being hit for boundaries. "People who have seen me bowl before can testify that I am a very aggressive, attacking spinner," he said. "That is something that is just in my repertoire. I would always back myself against whoever is batting. I believe I can get them out."
The wicket is already slightly unpredictable and Jaggernauth said the slow bowlers would gain more help over the remainder of the game. "On a first-day track I thought the pitch had some degree of turn and I would expect as the Test goes along the turn would definitely increase," he said. "On the third and fourth day it's going to be spinning huge."
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