West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard knocked down the field at Kensington Oval in Barbados after a six-wicket loss in the third and final ODI against Australia. After first choosing to bat, the Windies were all out for just 152 runs in 45.1 overs. In response, the Alex Carey led side 153/4 range to chase the target in 30.3 overs.
Even the previous ODIs also witnessed the similar story where a series of low-end encounters took place. In the series opener, Australia scored 252/9, and in response, the host could only drive 123. In the ensuing match, Australia were packed at 187, and the Windies trailed by a total of 4 wickets. The trend continued as both sides met in the series decision.
After the final one-day match, Pollard did not hesitate to criticize the nature of stands and described it as ‘absolutely ridiculous’. He was of the opinion that the track was not acceptable for international cricket. Polly referred to the T20I leg where matches entertained with big points and said it was disappointing with the way the ODI series happened.
“When I come here to Barbados, I think I have struggled with both teams on the field, and I think that is unacceptable for international cricket,” said Pollard during the post-match presentation.
“We’re not going to make excuses. We accept that we batted badly, but I do not think the scores we have achieved in this series of three matches for two top international teams, I think it is very embarrassing for us as a nation. “When I come from here from St Lucia, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous.” he added.
The Trinidad cricketer mentioned that people blame players for not reaching the point, but that players need to get good cricket wickets to show their potential.
“We, as players, sometimes get blamed for the accusations and all the bad stuff. But give guys the opportunity to come and play on some good cricket wickets. It even goes back to our regional cricket. I think as a whole we should do better, and we as individuals should do better too, ‘ Pollard added further.