Australian coach Justin Langer says that he’s impressed by the young fast-bowling talent he saw in West Indies during the Tri-Nations Series.
Speaking at the conclusion of the series, Langer said the West Indies need to prepare fast-bowling friendly pitches to help the up-and-coming talent that the Caribbean nations have.
There has been a lot of criticism on how the slow pitches have played during the tournament, and Langer expressed his disappointment that a country known for producing some of the world’s best fast-bowlers, continues to prepare slow pitches.
‘We have watched a lot of young net bowlers over the course of this tournament – bowlers who bowl so fast – but still they play on such dead, low, lifeless wickets,’ he said.
‘In Australia, when we think West Indies, we remember the Marshalls and Garners and Holdings and so on. We speak about their fast bowling. But when we see this, it just doesn’t make any sense to us as to why they prepare such slow pitches. Make fast pitches and your batsmen too will get used to playing fast bowling. We saw it in Guyana, Barbados – same thing, slow pitches, and it just doesn’t make any sense to me. They have the talent, and plenty to look forward to.
‘The young guys at the nets kept bowling all day. It was bloody hot, but they love bowling – so that’s a good sign as well. The talent is very obvious.’
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