BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor says he is prepared to make the necessary adjustments in order making run-scoring more difficult for batsmen on the small Warner Park ground. The venue has been the scene for several big totals since the first One-Day International was hosted there ten years ago, with Australia getting over 300 on four occasions. South Africa also amassed 353 during the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
And with the second leg of the Tri-Nations Series set for the ground over the next few days, speedster Taylor said it was important bowlers adjusted their lengths.
“One of the things you have to do is bowl hard into the pitch and make sure you don’t float the ball up too much because in the 50-over matches here now, I don’t think you will be able to restrict people from scoring as you would want to,” said Taylor, the leader of the Windies pace attack.
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor … lengths must be adjusted at Warner Park.
“So one of things you have to concentrate on is making players score on one side of the wicket which you can limit how much they get through that side. But you have to bowl into the wicket and bowl straight.”
Australia and South Africa clash in the fourth game of the series at Warner Park on Saturday, an encounter which is expected to be a high-scoring affair.
West Indies tackle the Aussies on Monday, seeking to make up for their loss to the World champions on the Guyana leg, and Taylor said the hosts needed to make early inroads when the bowled, if they were to get the advantage. “Whenever you’re playing it’s good to get wickets in the power-play overs because what that actually does is stem the flow of run-scoring,” the Jamaican explained.
“If you don’t pick up wickets early then you’re probably in for a treat. People are going to have a go at you in the back end either way so it’s always good to get wickets in the power-play overs.