Edwards on a high after career-best 7-87
NAPIER, New Zealand -- Fidel Edwards said “it was my day” and the West Indies fast bowler took a career-best 7-87 against New Zealand on the third day of the second Test at McLean Park, Napier.
The superb performance helped dismiss New Zealand for 371 in reply to West Indies first innings 307 – a first innings lead of 64. When bad light stopped play the Windies were on 62-2 batting a second time. Play will resume Monday at 11:53 am (Sunday – 6:53 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5:53 pm Jamaica Time)
“I felt really good with the way the ball was coming out and obviously I’m thrilled to get my career-best figures. You could say it was my day and I decided to make the most of it,” added Edwards, whose previous best figures were 5-36 in Test and 5-22 in first-class cricket.
“Hopefully it was the kind of performance that could see my team go on to win the Test match and with it the series. That would be wonderful for us.”
Edwards used the short ball to cause discomfort to the New Zealand batsmen.
“It is still a good batting pitch so I tried to mix-up my deliveries as much as possible. You had to do something to get wickets out there and I looked at all my options. Using the short ball was just part of the plan to unsettle the New Zealand batsmen and it worked some of the time,” said the 26-year-old.
“The game is back at square one. We need to get a total on the board which we can defend in the fourth innings if the match.”
It was a good weekend for Edwards. On Saturday he celebrated reaching 100 wickets in Test cricket.
“I always dreamed of reaching this landmark and I’m very happy I got there. It feels special. I was waiting a while for it and I believe I bowled well,” he said.
The prized 100th came from a caught and bowl after he fooled Daniel Flynn with a slower ball.
“I was giving him some short stuff so I decided to slip in a slower ball to see how he would handle it. He pushed it back and I was happy when I took the catch,” Edwards said.
The 26-year-old joined his older brother Pedro Collins in “triple figures”. Collins, a left-arm seamer, took 106 wickets in 32 Tests.
“We are the first brothers to each take 100 Test wickets so that added a bit extra to the moment. I spoke to ‘Peddy’ before the match and he told me it was a chance to create history so that was a bit of added motivation as well,” added Edwards.