Windies haven’t countered Pakistan spin


The West Indies have failed to find an answer to Pakistan’s spinners in the opening two T20Is in the UAE, according to batting coach Toby Radford.

After two disappointing batting performances which have handed Pakistan a series victory, Radford pointed the finger at the West Indies inability to cope with spinners on slow pitches.

Radford feels his batsmen have been unable to switch to accumulating runs through ones and twos and have played themselves into trouble, losing wickets early on.

Radford said after the second T20I: “The first Powerplay yesterday and today were every similar. Yesterday we were five down, three down in the first six today.

“And I think the big difference when you looked at Pakistan in the first six was they were 38 for 1 and 39 for 1 on both days.

“Clearly the game plan from Pakistan has been to have slow wickets to bowl a lot of spin and have very big boundaries. West Indies are known to be a big, six-hitting and boundary-hitting side, normally play on quicker pitches and slightly smaller grounds. But it’s up to us to find a way around that.

The West Indies will now have to get themselves up for the final T20I before they clash with Pakistan in three ODIs and three Tests.