Langer: Slow pitches hampering Windies
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC:
Australia's stand-in coach Justin Langer says slow pitches in the Caribbean are preventing the regional side from re-emerging as a power house in World cricket.
Langer has criticised pitch preparation in the region saying he is baffled that they were being prepared to help spinners instead of fast bowlers.
Langer, in charge of the Australian squad while Darren Lehmann was given a respite, says batsmen will improve once pitches are prepared to suit the abundance of fast bowling talent emerging in the Caribbean.
"There's so much natural talent. We've seen it in the net bowlers. I'm in awe of how many young fast bowlers you've got in the West Indies," said Langer.
The Australian interim coach said he had been in awe of the talent he had seen among local net bowlers over the past month.
"There is so much fast-bowling talent here. You've got big, tall, beautiful athletes, and they run in and bowl fast and they keep bowling all day, but I don't understand why they play on such dead, low, lifeless wickets. It doesn't make any sense to us," he said.
Lanker says he was impressed with the 19-year-old Leeward pacer Alzarri Joseph who bowled in net sessions against the Australians during the St Kitts leg of the tour.
Joseph was part of the West Indies side that won the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.