West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was not at all pleased with the quality of pitches on display for the ODI series against Australia in Barbados, terming them "absolutely ridiculous." While he acknowledged that his team did not bat well as they made just 152 in the series decider after their 123 in the opening match of the series, he attributed it to the fact that batting was difficult for both teams since the wicket wasn't good enough for international cricket.
In the series decider, Australia chased down the target with 19 overs remaining to clinch the series 2-1. The Aussies also made the highest team total of the series, making 252/9 in the first ODI. While the pitch for the first match was used once, the last two matches were played on a different pitch.
"Coming here to Barbados, I think both teams struggled on the pitch and I think that's unacceptable for international cricket," Pollard said at the post-match presentation.
"We're not going to make excuses. We accept that we batted badly but I don't think the scores that we have gotten in this three-match series, for two top international teams, I think that's very embarrassing for us as a people. Coming from St Lucia to this, I think it's absolutely ridiculous," he added.
Give guys the opportunity to come and play on some good cricketing wickets: Pollard
When asked to dig deep on the nature of the picture, Pollard said that their players are accused of poor performance and all the ball things but the truth is that they never get a fair chance to play on sporting wickets.
"It was plain for the world to see. If I continue going on about it, it's going to be headlines, 'Pollard this, Pollard that.' That's fine with me. But the reality is, we as players sometimes get the brunt of the accusations and all the bad stuff. But give guys the opportunity to come and play on some good cricketing wickets," he said.
I hope we end up seeing a lot more of such pitches: Agar
However, the story was completely different if viewed from the perspective of the Aussies. In fact, Ashton Agar, who was the Player of the Match in the final ODI, said that they wanted to see more of such pitches in the future.
"Really difficult conditions, really interesting style of cricket that was played. You don't get many pitches like that and I hope we end up seeing a lot more like that in the future," he said after the match.