Fitness test for Jacobs
By Ezra Stuart
Guyana Chronicle
April 30, 2003

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - RECUPERATING wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs will have a final fitness test today while experienced middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul seems almost certain to play in the third cricket Test starting at Kensington Oval tomorrow.

Jacobs, who was sidelined for the second Test with a painful groin strain, batted and kept wicket during the West Indies’ practice session at the Barbados Defence Force’s Paragon base yesterday.

“At this point in time, he looks okay. I know he is to get a fitness Test tomorrow so maybe by tomorrow (today), we will know exactly if he will be ready for the Test match,” team coach Gus Logie told reporters after the net session.

“But Ridley has a big heart and I am certain that even if he is 80 per cent, I think he will be willing to go out there and give it his best shot,” added Logie.

Whereas there is a measure of concern about Jacobs, who was replaced by debutant Carlton Baugh for the Trinidad and Tobago Test, Chanderpaul is almost certain to make a return to the side after a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the same Test, just prior to the start.

“Chanderpaul is still suffering a little slight soreness in the knee. He’s been batting in the nets (and) he’s shown no ill effect of it. Again he will be monitored but I am quite confident and hoping that he will be able to give it his best shot on the day,” Logie said.

Logie said both Jacobs and Chanderpaul saw Dr Terry Alli while they were in Trinidad last week and were given “programmes to go back home and work with.”

While in Barbados, the West Indies players will be looked after by physiotherapist, Jacqueline King-Mowatt, who attended the net session at the BDF yesterday as well.

“I believe she had a session with both Chanderpaul and (Brian) Lara this morning so she will work on us over the next few days,” Logie said.

He also dismissed speculation that young middle order batsman Marlon Samuels might be carrying an injury after he was observed applying ice to his knee.

“That’s the normal wear and tear of international cricketers today. He’s certainly not the only one who will be seen with ice,” Logie said.

“I think quite a number of players internationally, both on our team and on the opposition would be treated with ice. It’s a standard procedure once you have soreness in any part of the body,” added Logie.

The West Indies players will practise this morning at the lush-green Three Ws Oval of the Cave Hill Campus while Australia practised at the same venue, with its indoor nets, yesterday morning.

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