Bowling changes aimed at winning Test: Estwick / GALLE, Sri Lan­ka – West In­dies are hop­ing the two tac­ti­cal changes to their bowl­ing at­tack pay div­i­dends in the sec­ond Test and help them lev­el the two-match se­ries against Sri Lan­ka.

Fol­low­ing their heavy 187-run de­feat in the open­ing Test last week, the Caribbean side have brought in left-arm spin­ner Veerasam­my Per­maul and vet­er­an seam­er Ke­mar Roach, re­plac­ing off-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall and speed­ster Shan­non Gabriel.

On­ly 2-1/2 hours play in the fi­nal ses­sion was pos­si­ble on Mon­day’s open­ing day due to rain, with the hosts reach­ing 113 for one af­ter choos­ing to bat.

“When you look at the Sri Lankan bat­ting line­up, they’re packed with right-han­ders and we felt that with Ros­ton (Chase) al­ready bowl­ing off-spin, it would’ve been wis­er to go in with the two left-arm spin­ners,” Es­t­wick ex­plained.

“I thought Jomel War­ri­can, in the few overs he bowled this evening, looked threat­en­ing. He went past the bat a lot.

“Per­maul ob­vi­ous­ly com­ing back from be­ing out of Test crick­et for a while, I thought he looked good ini­tial­ly but then a change of field meant he went a lit­tle bit too wide.

“He need­ed to be on the stumps a lit­tle bit more chal­leng­ing the out­side and in­side edge.

“I had a dis­cus­sion with him, he’s in to­tal agree­ment and he’ll come to­mor­row and make the ad­just­ment.”

The 32-year-old Per­maul played the last of his six Tests six years ago, and has tak­en 18 wick­ets at 43 runs apiece.

War­ri­can fea­tured in the first Test along­side Chase and Corn­wall, with Gabriel and for­mer skip­per Ja­son Hold­er pro­vid­ing the main seam op­tions.

How­ev­er, the at­tack proved in­ef­fec­tive on a slow, turn­ing track, Sri Lan­ka gath­er­ing to­tals of 386 and 191 for four de­clared, en route to a day five win.

Corn­wall took two wick­ets from 42 overs in the first Test but Es­t­wick clar­i­fied these re­turns had not been the rea­son for his ex­clu­sion.

“We felt it would’ve been wis­er to go with a bowler spin­ning it away from the [right-han­der’s] bat and that’s what the de­ci­sion was based on,” he stressed.

“It was not based on how well he bowled or didn’t bowl in the last Test match. It’s just that we’re look­ing to win this Test match and we’re look­ing for the best com­bi­na­tion pos­si­ble.”

Roach sur­pris­ing­ly sat out in the first Test as se­lec­tors opt­ed for Gabriel’s ex­press pace.

How­ev­er, the Trinida­di­an claimed just two wick­ets from 19 overs in the first in­nings be­fore send­ing down an­oth­er four overs in the sec­ond in­nings and leav­ing the field.

Roach is the lead­ing Windies fast bowler with 231 wick­ets from 67 Tests, just four scalps be­hind the leg­endary Sir Gar­ry Sobers who is sev­enth on the all-time list.

Es­t­wick said the plan had al­ways been to ro­tate Roach and Gabriel, to keep the seam el­e­ment of the at­tack “fresh”.

“Ob­vi­ous­ly with a short turn­around, there’s three days be­tween Test match­es. Ob­vi­ous­ly there’s been a lot of rain around Galle and the fields are a lit­tle bit heavy so it’s very, very tax­ing on the fast bowler’s body,” Es­t­wick point­ed out.

“Ke­mar didn’t play in the first Test and that was planned … [that] he would come in for the sec­ond Test and keep the bowlers fresh.

“You’ve now got to man­age your bowlers es­pe­cial­ly with the short turn­around time. Be­fore, you’d have eight or ten days be­tween Test match­es – that’s a thing of the past.

“So you’ve got to make sure all the bowlers are up and when they’re called up­on, they’re ready to go.”


LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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