Atkinson overseeing pitch for St Kitts Test

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The West Indies captain Brian Lara may not have got the fast bowling attack he requested from the selectors but he may get a Warner Park pitch with a lot more bounce and life.

Officials in St. Kitts have brought Andy Atkinson, the International Cricket Council (ICC) pitch consultant, into the island to prepare the hallowed turf for the third Test between the West Indies and India, starting on Thursday.

“Well, this one wouldn’t have too much grass, but there would be plenty of life otherwise,” Atkinson said. “The trouble is captains request a lively pitch, but the moment the ball starts flying around their ears, they go out and slam curators.”

After the drawn second Test ended on Wednesday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, Lara urged officials at Warner Park, and Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, where the fourth and final Test will be played, to produce faster pitches that would offer greater assistance to his fast bowlers and keep the Indians on the backfoot.

Lara appealed the West Indies selection panel for a bowler of genuine pace to be included in the 13-member squad for the Test, but the selectors named an unchanged bowling attack, and brought Marlon Samuels into the side for left-arm chinaman bowler Dave Mohammad.

The four-Test series is still level at 0-0, after the first two Tests at St. John’s and Gros Islet both ended in tension-filled draws. The third Test - the first to be held at Basseterre in St. Kitts — will be contested from June 22 and 26, and Kingston stages the fourth and final Test from June 30 to July 4.
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