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Shillingford set for Dominica history in third Test

West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford will create history on Monday when he becomes the first Dominican to play a Test match on home soil.

AFP |April 23, 2012, 10:58 AM IST
Shillingford set for Dominica history in third Test

Roseau, Dominica: West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford will create history on Monday when he becomes the first Dominican to play a Test match on home soil.

The tall off-spinner bowled well against the Australians on his comeback to international cricket in Trinidad last week and is expected to retain his place in the team for the all-important third and final Test at his home ground.

The picturesque Windsor Park hosted its first one-day international back in 2009 and Test cricket came to the island for the first time last year. Shillingford, who has undergone remedial work on his bowling action, missed that match, when the West Indies played to a hard-fought draw against India.

"I'm looking forward to the chance of playing at home, being the first one to play a Test from Dominica in Dominica. It's a very special feeling," said Shillingford. "Most of our players have played here a number of times already and seeing for the Australians this is their first time, it's a bit of an edge for us. But we do have to do the basics to come out with a win."

Shillingford toiled hard on the Queen's Park Oval pitch in Trinidad and came away with four wickets as the two teams played to a draw after rain washed away hopes of a result. Australia won the first Test by three wickets in Barbados.

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