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Sulieman Benn blasts Kingston pitch
West Indies left arm spinner Sulieman Benn was critical of the pitch in the first Test at Sabina Park.
Benn bowled 52 overs, taking three wickets for 142 runs, as New Zealand declared on 508/7.
Benn said his team would not like to see pitches like the Sabina one for the rest of the series. "I don't think West Indies would want to see pitches like this again in this series. I am not saying that it is not a sporting pitch but not much happening out there, not much for the bowlers. I am not saying to set pitches up for the home team or bowlers but you want to see something that would spin, seam and the batsmen can get some runs. This would be the perfect Test match pitch."
The West Indies would start the second day on 19 without loss - still 489 runs short of New Zealand's total but Benn thinks the pitch would hold up. "Some balls kept low but it is due to the older ball. I don't think the ball would start to keep low soon in this match. Five hundred runs is scoreboard pressure but the pitch is fairly easy to bat on and we would try to get as close if not surpass their score.
Benn said he was comfortable being in West Indies colours again and would be looking to make giant strides. "I got a good 50 overs on my legs and it worked out good for me. However I have to improve on my consistency.”
New Zealand hero Jimmy Neesham who created history by becoming the first New Zealander to score back to back hundreds in their first two Test matches said he thinks it would be hard work for his team to win the Test. (VM)