Walsh explains Windies spin trap

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh does not believe that excluding seamers from the attack for the second Test against West Indies was a setback for the country’s fast-bowling prospects.The legendary former Windies pacer said that the decision to play all spinners in the second Test was a tactical one, aimed solely at getting a positive result and securing the historic series win against the side he formerly represented.All 40 wickets fell to spin in the match as West Indies went under by an innings and 184 runs inside three days on Sunday to concede the series 2-0.RESULT MATTERS”It is just one Test match that no fast bowler played. This was a Test to try to win the series. For me, it is not sending the wrong message,” Walsh said.”Tactically, we felt it was the best for Bangladesh to win without a fast bowler. It might be the first time one hasn’t played, but the result matters. It is a tremendous feeling to have a series win.”I think everything went according to the plans of the coach, captain, and the rest of the guys had to win the series.”Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan finished with match figures of 12 for 117 as West Indies could only muster 111 in their first innings – a record low against Bangladesh – and 213 in their second.Mahmudullah’s career-best 136 had earlier propelled the hosts to 508 in their first innings.In the opening Test in Chittagong, left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was the only seamer picked and went wicket-less from four overs.MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMEWalsh, who holds the record for the most wickets by a West Indies bowler with 519, said there would be opportunities for Bangladesh seamers on upcoming tours, where wickets were more conducive to seam.”Hopefully, when we go to New Zealand [in February next year], the seamers might get a better opportunity,” Walsh said.”We might get different types of wickets, and they should want to grab those opportunities as well. We haven’t grabbed it in any overseas tour, and that to me is a bigger concern.”Walsh hinted that being a former West Indies player, there had been some ambivalence over the series result.”I might say that I am disappointed with probably how things have unfolded, but I am very happy to be involved with Bangladesh,” said the former Windies captain and selector.”We are in a winning situation, so my pride is intact. As a West Indian, you are going to be disappointed in the performance.”last_img read more

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Victolero praises Ginebra’s defense in Magnolia loss

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I give credit to Ginebra because they played a very good defense, especially when they gave us low percentage shots,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero of his team’s struggles against the reigning 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup champions.Ginebra didn’t look like it missed a beat from its championship run, limiting Magnolia to 36 percent shooting from the field and a paltry 18 percent clip from threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We had tough shots and they weren’t going in. We can’t convert,” lamented Victolero in his team’s second outing this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.In contrast, the Gin Kings had their way as they shot 44 percent from the field, with the tandem of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar making a living down low as they scored 32 of the team’s 46 points in the paint. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Tenorio says Ginebra can’t be satisfied with win over Magnolia MOST READcenter_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “We allowed them to shoot 56 percent from two-points, and most of those were in the paint with Slaughter and Japeth. We had a hard time defending those two big guys and that’s the story of the game,” he said.Despite the defeat, Victolero could still draw positives from this game, especially with Ian Sangalang notching a career-best 25 points on top of 11 rebounds in the loss.“Ian has always been consistent for us since the last conference. I think he can still improve on a lot because he’s just 26 years old,” he said.Victolero sees the long break as a chance for the Hotshots to go back to basics and allow the injured players to heal up as they still await the full recovery of Paul Lee and Marc Pingris, as well as the return of Jio Jalalon and Rafi Reavis to their lineup.“At least, we have a long break to improve on the aspects of our game that we need to improve on. One loss won’t break our conference and I told them that these things happen,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Luckily for us, we have the time to wait for the other guys to be 100 percent. We’ll wait for Ping, Rafi, and Jio, and also with Paul because I want to see this team as a complete unit and what we can do with a complete lineup. Hopefully, by January they’ll be with us and let’s see how far we can go.”Magnolia’s next game is slated on January 10 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Defense wins championships.Unfortunately for Magnolia, it’s the same title-tested Ginebra defense which doomed the Hotshots in their Christmas Clasico clash at Philippine Arena on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Odriozola: I’m in love with ‘world’s best No.9’ Benzema

first_imgAlvaro Odriozola backed under pressure striker Karim Benzema, describing the Real Madrid striker as the best number nine in the world.Benzema has faced significant criticism in recent seasons for a lack of goals, but the 30-year-old is Madrid’s leading scorer in La Liga this season with five in 14 starts.He has also managed a further three goals and two assists in five Champions League appearances, helping Santiago Solari’s side secure top spot in Group G ahead of Wednesday’s match at home to CSKA Moscow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Odriozola had some high praise when asked to sum up his time working with Benzema this term.”Before I came here, I already liked him, but now I’m in love with Karim,” he told a news conference. “It’s incredible to train with him. He’s the best number nine in the world.”It’s true that there is criticism, but he has taken on a leadership role in the team.”Odriozola has managed to force his way into regular first-team action under Solari, having played just three times in La Liga during Julen Lopetegui’s tenure.The former Real Sociedad full-back is happy to have the backing of his boss, but insists he holds no grudges against Lopetegui, who was sacked in October.”I’m feeling very good, very comfortable. It was a dream to come here. The work is paying off,” he said.”I have a lot more things to thank Julen for than to reproach him for. The answer was to work more. Now, I have more games, I feel the confidence of Santiago and now I have to return it on the pitch.”last_img read more

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