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West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin laments batting collapse against Australia

Roseau (Dominica): Captain Denesh Ramdin has said the West Indies had been guilty of not capitalising on positions of strength, and had also failed to cope with the pressure Australia created during the opening Test.


West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin (left) congratulates Australian captain Michael Clarke after visitors’ nine-wicket win at Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica on Friday. PIC/AFP

West Indies slumped to a nine-wicket loss here on Friday after suffering yet another batting capitulation. Trailing by 170 runs on first innings, the Windies were 181-3 at one stage just prior to tea but lost seven wickets for 35 runs to be all out for 216 in their second innings. Australia raced to their target of 47 in just five overs, for the loss of David Warner for 28, to complete victory inside three days. The day was highlighted by excellent half-centuries by Marlon Samuels who hit a top score of 74 and debutant Shane Dowrich, who stroked 70. They put on 144 for the fourth wicket to pull West Indies around from 37-3 inside the first hour, when Darren Bravo perished for five in the sixth over of the day. “When we are in positions of strength we need to carry that on. That partnership between Marlon and young Dowrich, if they could have taken it to maybe 200 (that would have been good),” Ramdin said.

Once Dowrich fell nine minutes before tea, however, the innings went into rapid decline with no other batsman getting past 12. “It’s a very difficult pitch to start (but) guys who got starts went on. You saw Adam Voges, he got that start and he made a big hundred for his team,” Ramdin said.

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