Roston Chase takes aim at becoming better at whiteball cricket

By December 13, 2019
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Roston Chase has been a mainstay in the West Indies Test cricket side, but not so much in ODIs.

The all-rounder, who led the way as the West Indies turned back Afghanistan 3-0 in an ODI series recently, has had his role defined for him by the side’s new white-ball captain, Kieron Pollard.

Chase made the team as a batsman who bowled a little, and with a plethora of young talented middle-order batsmen vying for a place in the side, it is understandable why, without all the flamboyance and ability to increase his scoring rate significantly in an instant with his power, the West Indies can be forgiven for only playing him in 22 of the last 59 ODIs he has been available for.

Chase was left out of the ODI squad to the ICC World Cup but returned recently, with a new view of what he brings to the team.

"In the team, I see myself as an allrounder now," Chase said.

"When I first started, I wasn't too confident in my bowling. But over the last couple of years, I've worked with Mushy [former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed currently consulting with West Indies] and I've been working very hard on my bowling,” he said.

Chase’s newfound confidence with the ball means he lies fourth on the list of best ODI spinners by average and has the best economy of every one of them who averages below 38.

The allrounder averages a very respectable 31.62 and bowls at an even more impressive 3.95 runs per over.

Pollard used Chase against Afghanistan as a bowler even though he ended up scoring 145 runs at an average of 72.5.

“My role in the one-day team, as Polly [captain Kieron Pollard] spoke to me before the series, was merely to be a bowler. In case I got a chance to bat early or we are in trouble, my role was just to bat what I know. I didn't really have to go out there and improvise. I just had to bat how I bat in a Test match: play the ball on merit and if I get any bad ball, just put them away. Just keep it ticking over,” Chase explained.

Chase will get the opportunity to continue his development when the West Indies go up against India in the first of three ODIs on Saturday in Chennai.

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