Antigua, June 13: In a throwback to the Windies' heyday, the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) has finally served up a bouncy wicket for the home team. The hard and responsive wicket at Jamaica's Sabina Park will be the venue to the fifth and final one-dayer of India's ongoing tour.
The news comes as belated relief to the Caribbean team as their batsmen have evidently been struggling to come to grips with the slow-turners that have featured in the series so far.
While India has taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the 5-match series, the Windies will be eager to pull one back and prevent India from effecting a clean sweep.
"I expect us to have a wicket that bounces more than the ones that we have seen in the eastern Caribbean," said Charles Joseph, who has been curator at this venue since 1962.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has slammed the Caribbean wickets for keeping low and slow in the series so far. He made the same points while playing against Pakistan where tracks in Guyana and St. Kitts in two Tests were no better.
"We had the same experience against Pakistan and even then the pitches supported them," Sammy had lamented after the one-off Twenty20 against India in Trinidad on June 4.
"It's a home series, but it feels like...the pitches are out of our control. We can only ask for what we want, but it's up to the groundsman to prepare it. Our coach Ottis Gibson has written to the authorities about it but to no avail," he had further stated.
While the two teams take each other on Thursday to complete the One-day series, they would clash in the opening Test at the same venue on June 20.