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Windies ready for spin: Gibson
Friday 27 May 2011

The West Indies were found out by some effective spin bowling from the Pakistanis during their recently drawn Test series against the Asian nation. The home side lost 32 of their 40 wickets in the two games to slow bowlers, but coach Ottis Gibson is confident that his team can bounce back in style against the Indians.

Gibson believes that a lot of his players have done well against spin in the past and he is banking on them to do perform against India. "It is not a lot of time but we have got a lot of players that have played spin and made runs against spin before," Gibson told the Trinidad and Tobago Express.

"People just have to be clear what their game plan is against spin and back themselves and their ability."

The 42-year-old coach believes that the secret to playing spin is constantly rotating the strike and not allowing bowlers to bowl continuously at one batsman. "Sometimes, we look very tentative and we sort of lock ourselves in a hole and then our only response is to try to hit ourselves out of the hole. We have got to find the balance between attack and defence," he said.

"They are setting us up, working us out and getting us out quite easy so we need to be able to rotate the strike against the spinners a lot more and make sure that the bowlers aren't bowling too many balls in succession to us."

The Indian squad is packed with spinners which include the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and the part-time trio of Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina, who are surely going to test the spin-wary Windies batsmen.

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