Taylor takes heart from display
West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor was pleased to have provided a much-needed boost for his stuttering side by producing a fine display of bowling on a tough wicket in Durham.
Taylor took five MCC wickets for 39 in the 13 overs he bowled before tea to give an uninspiring West Indies performance an edge ahead of next week’s crucial third Test with England.
Among his wickets - as MCC strode to 234 for seven at the close of play - was that of veteran Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya, who fell for 18 and provided Taylor with cause to smile.
“The Jayasuriya wicket was obviously the most satisfying,” he said.
“Today went well for me and I am trying to move from strength to strength. The rhythm was OK and I felt I just let the ball do the work.
"The conditions did not help my bowling a lot today and the ball was moving around a bit. It was a very flat one, you could see even the tail-enders from the opposite team were hanging in and batting really well, so I think the guys put in a pretty good effort today.”
Taylor attributed much of his side’s overall frustration with the well-kept wicket which their limited attack struggled to make a mark on.
“It was a flat wicket and without a natural spinner in the team, the pace bowlers have stepped up to the plate and given a good account of themselves,” he said.
“I hope the batsmen are all looking forward to it because it’s a nice one for batting and we are hungry to improve.”
After a disappointing World Cup campaign and last week’s humiliation at Headingley, Taylor knows the third Test at Old Trafford next week will prove a telling battle for his wounded side.
But the paceman insisted he was ready to stand up and be counted in Manchester.
He said: “This match has boosted my confidence ahead of the Test, after bowling on a wicket that wasn't conducive to fast bowling and performing how I did.”
On the latest injury scare - both Chris Gayle and Ravi Rampaul left the field with muscle tears - Taylor said: “To be honest, these things happen at times and I don’t think either are anything serious.
“Ravi should be all right and Chris is looking good, with a bit of rest, to continue.
“Obviously, (injured captain Ramnaresh) Sarwan is a good batsman, we lost a good player.
“But all in all, we have good people who can come in and fill his place and do a job as well.”