West Indies strike back against PM’s XI


Patience was key in the West Indies’ late fightback against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on Wednesday, according to paceman Alzarri Joseph.

The visitors watched the barrel of another disastrous day on the ball when the PM’s XI was 0-134 but showed spirit to take six wickets in the evening session and end the day at 9-297.

Joseph took three of those final session wickets, knocking down three batters with the new pink ball as his side finally showed some promise ahead of their Frank Worrell trophy run against Australia.

“It’s a game of patience,” he told reporters.

“You might play well in this session, but you have to stay patient and your reward might come at the end of the game.

“You have your chance with a new ball, with the lights on it takes a bit more spin and does a bit more.

“The pink ball is pretty easy to hit (against) during the day, but when it comes to maybe 7 or 8 p.m. dusk starts to roll in and the light starts to kick in, that’s when you know bowlers have a better chance.”

Spinner Roston Chase also played a big part in changing the game, producing a gem that spun around a lot and beat Aaron Hardie before another excellent delivery slipped past Peter Handscomb and puzzled him for 55.

It was the lifeline they needed after a dismal afternoon that saw PM XI openers Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw go through their three-figure partnership.

Harris, the only player in PM’s XI in the Australian squad for the first Test in Perth next Wednesday, continued his hot form and made 73 before a slash saw him caught on the second slip.

Renshaw took over and hit 10 boundaries in his 81, but also missed a century when he edged Raymon Reifer on the slides.

Future Test hopeful Henry Hunt couldn’t show the form that made him Sheffield Shield’s Player of the Year last season, falling softly to just 13.

Renshaw said West Indies bowlers could potentially take him to Australia in the two-Test series, especially under the lights.

“It was a nice day, challenging you against a pretty good bowling offense…they kept coming and kept coming,” he told reporters.

“They played very well, obviously they also have a few guys on the sidelines who could come in.

“We always know the night sessions where you can go out and something can start to happen.

“They are an exciting young group and they have pace and they have skill… it will be an interesting watch for Test matches this summer.”

Joseph (3-52) led the way and Chase (2-72) was important while fast front row Kemar Roach took 1-40.

It was an important response from the West Indies, playing just days after conceding 4-426 against a combined ACT/NSW XI.

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