Chase says Windies ready to ‘fight back’ against In­dia

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West Indies all­rounder Ros­ton Chase said yes­ter­day the West Indies were look­ing to come back fight­ing in the sec­ond Test against In­dia af­ter their crush­ing de­feat in Ra­jkot.

“We didn’t play well in the first game but are look­ing to fight back in the sec­ond,” Chase said a day ahead of the game in Hyderabad.

“Had a bit of ner­vous en­ergy in the first one but guys are good to go in the sec­ond,” said Chase, top scorer with 53 in his side’s 181 all out in the first in­nings in Ra­jkot.

A hap­less Caribbean side, led by open­ing bats­man Kraigg Brath­waite, went down to hosts In­dia by an in­nings and 272 runs in Ra­jkot to trail the two-match se­ries 1-0.

Prithvi Shaw, 18, be­came In­dia’s youngest player to score a de­but cen­tury and his coun­try’s sec­ond youngest in all Tests af­ter the le­gendary Sachin Ten­dulkar, notch­ing up a sparkling 134.

“That young­ster Shaw took us apart early in the first game, so hope we can learn from our mis­takes and move on smartly in the sec­ond game,” Chase said.

A boost in the sec­ond Test for the West Indies will likely come from the re­turn of fast bowler Ke­mar Roach af­ter he missed the first Test to re­turn home for a fu­neral.

Skip­per Ja­son Holder, re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury, might also be back. In­dia have re­tained the 12 they had an­nounced for the first Test.

“It is al­ways good to have the cap­tain back, but I am not sure what the line-up will be for the next match,” Chase said.

“I can’t say who’s play­ing but it’s good to have Ke­mar back as well, he is a se­nior player and brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence to the team,” he added.

Both Holder and Roach have played 82 matches be­tween them and re­main the team’s most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

Holder has cap­tained West Indies in 26 of his 34 Tests. Roach has taken 163 wick­ets in 48 matches.

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