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Denesh Ramdin hints at unchanged side for second Test

Denesh Ramdin hints at unchanged side for second Test
Denesh Ramdin has stated that West Indies will in all probability field the same side for the second Test against Australia beginning next week.
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West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin has stated that his team will in all probability field the same side for the second Test against Australia beginning next week.

Despite losing the first Test inside three days, Ramdin doesn’t believe West Indies are missing veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul after the latter was axed from the team prior to the series.

Lavishing praises on debutant Shane Dowrich, Ramdin hopes that the youngster improves from the experience of having faced a quality bowling attack.

"His (Chanderpaul's) experience is countless but we have to move on," Ramdin said.

"Young Dowrich did well for himself so far.

“If he could have gone on to get a hundred today it would have been brilliant.

"It's something he can learn from. He has stood up against one of the best bowling lineups in the world."

Dowrich batted with great determination and confidence to compile a 185-ball 70 as he blunted the Australian attack with finesse before falling to a soft dismissal.

Dowrich’s departure just before the tea break on the third day changed the complexion of the match with West Indies imploding in the final session to hand Australia the match.

Reflecting on his team’s nine-wicket defeat, Ramdin hopes that West Indies can take solace from the plus points of the Dominica Test.

Ramdin is also aware of the mental toughness needed to counter Australia and urged his side to maintain focus during key moments of the game.

"We try to take the positives out of this game and move forward.

"They're a good unit and we need to play a lot more tougher cricket.

"When we're in positions of strength we need to carry that on."

The second and final Test between the two sides will begin on 11th June at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

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