“We didn’t adjust to the conditions” – Roddy Estwick Refuse the blaming on Pitches

The third ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh is currently being played in The Guyana National Stadium.

3rd Time In ODI Series, Bangladesh won the toss and invited West Indies to bat first.

As in the last two matches, the poor batting effort  of West Indies can be seen in this match.

After presenting a tremendous show in the Tests and T20Is, things have gone south for the West Indies in the one-day series.

They have failed to cross the 150-mark for the second time. Their performance in the second game was poorer compared to the first.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the pitches on which this one-day tournament held.

Many people, are accusing Bangladesh of having more advantages due to the fact that these pitches are suitable for Spin bowling.

However, Estwick refuses to use conditions as an excuse for West Indies’ poor performances.

“I don’t want to be too critical, because people will say, ‘You’ve lost!’ and, ‘Bangladesh have batted on them’,” Estwick said.

“I thought this one (pitch) was a bit better than the (one used in the) first match. I thought the (pitch in the) first match had a lot of moisture.”

“But you’ve got to understand that there’s been a lot of rain around Georgetown, and grounds-men can’t put in as much work as they would like; so, you don’t want to be too critical.”

“Bangladesh have won the toss, and they’ve put us in (to bat) both times. Normally, Bangladesh like to try and set a score and put you under pressure, but they’ve gone away from that because of the surface. But like I said, there’s been a lot of rain, and the pitches are under covers for most of the time, and it’s going to be very difficult, once you bat first, to get any sort of momentum,” Estwick explained.

“The key thing is not to allow the confidence to drain out of the group. We’ve got to find a way to lift people. We’ve got to find a way to have open discussions, and come up with solutions that will move us forward. We’re still planning for the 2023 [World Cup]. We know the areas we’re falling down in. We know that teams are going to come and bowl a lot of spin against us, and we’ve got to find ways to make sure we get better at rotating the strike and different things like that,” he further said.

Fast Bowling Coach Estwick opined that West Indies batsmen had failed to adapt.

“We didn’t adjust to the conditions. We obviously struggled to get any kind of momentum,” Estwick pointed out.

“It’s finding a way that’s going to be very, very important for us going forward. We continue to learn, and I hope we can take some lessons away from it,” said Estwick.

While writing this piece, West indies are at 95/4 in 32.3 overs, Nicholas Pooran is batting on 41* off 83 balls while Rovman Powell is at 4* off 16 balls. Bangladesh Spinner Tajul Islam picked up two wickets so far.

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