Quick pitch is now sought by beaten hosts

DESPAIR: West Indies' captain wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
DESPAIR: West Indies' captain wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
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West Indies’ captain Denesh Ramdin plans to request a “quick and fiery” pitch for the third Test against England in Barbados.

The islanders went 1-0 down in the middle match of the series after England, inspired by James Anderson, wrapped up a nine-wicket victory in Grenada.

It took plenty of hard work and skill, not least from the superb Anderson, for the tourists to triumph on a track that was just as flat, if not more so, than the one that kicked off the tour with a stalemate in Antigua.

But with the hosts now needing a result, Ramdin will be lobbying for something more traditionally Caribbean in flavour at the Kensington Oval.

“So far we got two good batting pitches that went down to lthe ast day. Hopefully the groundsman can give us something in Barbados that bounces and spins more, something quick and fiery,” he said.

“I guess both teams would have a good use for that because both teams have good fast bowlers.

“Hopefully, when we get there I can speak to the guys and try to get something for the quick bowlers, rather than flat pitches.”

If Ramdin gets his wish, his side could load up on pacemen in a bid to blast out England.

Jerome Taylor missed the second Test with a shoulder injury but will be fit to return, while there was welcome good news on Jason Holder – the one-day captain – who left the field after turning an ankle on the final afternoon.

It initially looked a nasty incident, but he could yet be fit for Barbados.

“It’s just a slight ligament sprain – he should be fine for next week,” Ramdin said.

“A couple of sessions of ice with the physio and he should be all right.

“It looked worse on TV than it was, thankfully, so he should be back.”