WINDIES TOP ORDER CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE – Ramdin open to batting at the top
It was a bittersweet night for Windies keeper Denesh Ramdin on Sunday. He hit a blistering 44 from 26 balls – the best score of his 17-match T20 International career, but it was not enough to secure a victory for the West Indies in their firstagainst Australia at the Bellerive Oval in Tasmania. With one match left in the series, Ramdin has indicated he’s keen to get another good score and this time he’s backing the team to break their “duck” on tour.
“I was happy to get some runs under my belt, but like everyone else in the team, I was disappointed we lost again. We need a win on tour … we just have not been able to get that start that we need. We are working on all areas of our game and we would like to put things right in the final match on Tuesday night. The guys believe that we can win but we know we need to be disciplined and smart in the way we go about it. We need a big performance from everyone.”
On Sunday night, Ramdin shared a key partnership of 73 with Runako Morton who played well to get 40 off 41 balls on his return to the team. The pair came together in the 10th over with just 55 runs on the board but they never gave up hope.
Ramdin said: “We were telling ourselves that we needed two big overs and we would still be in the game. We tried to bat right until the end and see how close we could get to the [target] score.”
He added: “If asked and I am given the opportunity, I would be happy to go in at the top [of the order] and do my best for the team. I would love the challenge to go up there in T20 cricket and look to give the team a good start. At the top you can challenge yourself. You have a chance to go over the top in the early overs but I know I would have to be selective and smart. I think I would enjoy it there.”
Chris Gayle (captain), Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Runako Morton, Brendan Nash, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Gavin Tonge.
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.