Flat pitch peeves Benn

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West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn questioned the placid nature of the Sabina Park pitch, as New Zealand climbed to a formidable total of 508 for seven declared on day two of the first Test on Monday.

West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn questioned the placid nature of the Sabina Park pitch, as New Zealand climbed to a formidable total of 508 for seven declared on day two of the first Test on Monday.

The hosts seven-man attack, including four slow bowlers, toiled for 174.3 conditions. Centurions Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham capitalised entirely, as conditions proved very conducive for batting.

"I don't think my team would like to see pitches of that sort. I am not saying it is not a sporting pitch but it is very flat. Not a lot has happened off the pitch. We played two seamers and two spinners and there was not enough assistance for four bowlers," said Benn.

"I am not saying they prepare pitches to suit the home team. I am far from saying that. I am just saying that you want something that is going to spin, going to seam and you can bat on it as well. That is a proper Test match pitch."

The Windies moved to 19 without loss in response. The first innings of opener Chris Gayle's 100th Test match welcomed eight opening runs – and promised plenty more come Tuesday.

"We got guys there. Chris wants to do well in his 100th Test match. We got some young guys who need to get some runs under their belt. Everybody is looking to perform with the bat. Being on the field for two days is encouragement enough for you to go there and get some runs," added Benn.

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