Spin the key - Jaggernauth
Off-spinner believes turning pitch can help West Indies
By Rebecca Syrocki. Last Updated: May 23, 2008 11:08am
Confident: Amit Jaggernauth with Omar Khan (right)
Spin can lead West Indies to victory over Australia according to debut spinner Amit Jaggernauth.
On the opening day of the first Test where Australia made 301-4, Jaggernauth claimed the wicket of Michael Hussey.
The Trinidadian said: "Being given the ball with Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey at the crease, you are up against a challenge and I thought that my performance was a decent one.
"For a first-day track I thought the pitch had some degree of turn and I would expect, as the test goes along, the turn would definitely increase. On the third and fourth day it is really going to be spinning huge."
Although the extra spin could benefit Jaggernauth it would also be a test for West Indies batting fourth against Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting commented: "There wasn't a lot on offer for the spinner (Jaggernauth) but he kept tossing the ball up and giving himself the chance to take wickets.
"There was enough spin there for an off-spinner and Stuart spins the ball appreciably. I think he will play a big role, whether that be tomorrow or on day three."
Having not bowled during the morning session Jaggernauth was then given his chance by skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan when Ponting and Hussey were on their way to a 137-run partnership.
Jaggernauth, who ended the day with 1-74 off 20 overs said: "It was not bad but there was room for improvement. I was a bit too aggressive and I learnt I need to be a little more patient at this level."