Bouncer strat­egy no prob­lem for Chase

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West Indies bats­man Ros­ton Chase says New Zealand’s strat­egy of short-pitched bowl­ing in the re­cent Test se­ries had not been a ma­jor is­sue for him, but be­lieves he can still im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly in that area of his game.

The right-han­der re­cently re­turned from the tour where West Indies suf­fered a 2-0 clean sweep, los­ing the first Test by an in­nings and 67 runs and the sec­ond by 240 runs – both in­side four days.

Left-arm pac­ers Neil Wag­ner and Trent Boult proved the un­do­ing of the Windies, em­ploy­ing the short ball to good ef­fect to rat­tle the vis­i­tors in both Tests.

“It [ris­ing de­liv­ery] was a bit chal­leng­ing ear­lier on in my ca­reer and against Pak­istan, I had some is­sues with it. Against Eng­land, I had some is­sues with it but I thought in the New Zealand se­ries, the bat­ting coach Toby Radford and I did a lot of work on it,” Chase said.

“We worked on dif­fer­ent ways to play the de­liv­ery in order to get around it and it has helped me a lot. I feel a lot more com­fort­able play­ing it, even though I haven’t yet mas­tered it.”

Chase man­aged just one half-cen­tury on the tour, 64 in the sec­ond in­nings of the fi­nal Test in Hamilton where the Windies set a world-record 444 for vic­tory.

Over­all, he mus­tered 99 runs at an av­er­age of 24, rep­re­sent­ing the sec­ond se­ries this year in for­eign con­di­tions where he strug­gled to get among the runs, fol­low­ing on from a dis­mal sum­mer tour of Eng­land. In that three-test tour, Chase gath­ered a pal­try 80 runs from six in­nings, but noted he had found the no­to­ri­ous English con­di­tions chal­leng­ing.

“They al­ways say in Eng­land your first tour is a tough tour and the ball was do­ing a bit more and much later than usual in my nat­u­ral Caribbean con­di­tions, so that was the main chal­lenge for me with the bat,” said Chase.

“So I think it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me there and my aim is to move for­ward.”

He con­tin­ued: “In New Zealand I wouldn’t say the con­di­tions were as tough as in Eng­land but the ball was still do­ing a bit. Noth­ing that I haven’t seen be­fore be­cause I wasn’t out of form or any­thing like that, its just that I didn’t get runs.

“I felt great at the wicket when I was bat­ting but I just didn’t get big runs, even though I was thank­ful for the half cen­tury in the last in­nings which gave me a bit of con­fi­dence know­ing I could score runs in for­eign con­di­tions.”

His tour­na­ment-lead­ing 403 runs at an av­er­age of 100.75 in the three-test se­ries against Pak­istan in the Caribbean a few months ago was the high­light of Chase’s year.

He plun­dered hun­dreds in the sec­ond Test in his na­tive Bar­ba­dos and in the fi­nal match in Do­minica.

That form led to his call-up to the one-day side, though he lasted a mere eight matches be­fore be­ing dropped af­ter scor­ing only 68 runs in six in­nings.

But with se­ries against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at home and then tours of In­dia and Bangladesh to fol­low later in the year, Chase says he is in­tent on mak­ing his mark with heavy



“I need to work on my bat­ting, ob­vi­ously my bowl­ing as well, but I think next year, see­ing that I am more ex­pe­ri­enced now, I will be look­ing for a thou­sand runs next year,” said the 25-year-old.

“I think that would be a good ob­jec­tive for me to reach. Also I would like to get back in the ODI team, and I will be work­ing hard to­wards that next year.” (CMC)

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