Baugh goes on "attack", plays natural game
Roseau, Dominica – Carlton Baugh played a brilliant counter-attacking knock for the West Indies against India on the second day of the Third Digicel Test match at Windsor Park on Thursday.
The small keeper topscored with 60 as the West Indies were bowled out for 204 on another rain-shortened day. India reached eight without loss shortly after tea, before rain ended the day.
Baugh faced just 79 balls and cracked six boundaries and a big six over midwicket. He came to the crease with the Windies on 99 for five and held the innings together. Baugh’s entertaining display thrilled the cheering crowd and followed up the attacking 46 not out he made in the drawn Second Digicel Test in Barbados.
“I am a naturally attacking batsman and I decided to play my natural game. I had a good knock in Barbados and I just decided to continue in that way. I believe if you push and prod, you might get a good one (ball) and it might get you (out). So for me the best approach was to play my strokes and look to score. It worked out somewhat today and I would like to continue and get more scores in the future,” he said after the day's play.
"I decided to play my game, the way I know I can. I did not want to be on a negative frame of mind so I decided to play my shots and look to score. If the shot is there I will go for my shots, but I'm not going to go hunting for shots if it's not there. At the moment I'm here and what I can do is control the things I do. I will look to put in the performances for the benefit of the team."
Baugh was away from international cricket for two years before making a return to the side in Sri Lanka late last year. Since then he has showed improvement and has reaped rewards. Baugh made his Test debut back in 2003 and Thursday's knock was the 29-year-old's third Test match half-cenutry in his 22nd innings.
"I have been working very hard at both aspects of my game. My wicket-keeping has been improving and my batting is on par, so I'm very happy that things are getting better. I'm just playing as I can. This is my way of playing and I'm always looking for success. Consistency is the key and I'm looking to be more consistent with both bat and gloves when I take the field."
Play on Friday will start at 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time).