West Indies have answer to spin predicament within camp

Port of Spain: Struggling to deal with spinners in recent times, the West Indies players can take a leaf out of team manager and former skipper Richie Richardson`s book.

Richardson, who led the team in the mid 90s, was an aggressive batsman who dominated bowlers all over the world, more so the spinners.

It is not for nothing that the Antiguan, remembered for his trademark broad brimmed maroon sun hat, racked up 5949 runs from 86 Tests with the help of 16 centuries.

That he was stumped only thrice off spinners during his 13-year career, says a lot about Richardson`s ability.

"A few things to face spinners are basics - you must have soft hands, try to meet the spin on the half volley, must have ability to sweep and you ought to be able to make late adjustments," remarked Richardson as he watched his wards train at the Queen`s Park Oval here yesterday.

Richardson, who made his international debut against India in 1983, revealed he himself was not a good player of spin in the beginning of his career.

"The funny thing is, I myself wasn`t a good player of spin when I began my career. But you need to back yourself up, you need to ingrain that belief to tackle spin in the middle," he said.

According to the 49 year-old Antiguan, a batsman needs to make certain adjustments while facing spinners.


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