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'Losing Sabina Park toss will be good'

"Barring rain, fourth Test will produce a winner," said Charlie, the chief curator.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 15:26 IST

The Sabina Park pitch might not be an out and out fast bowlers' paradise anymore, but it would most certainly produce a result in the fourth and final cricket Test between India and the West Indies, the chief curator at the venue has said.

"Barring the rain, this Test will produce a winner," said Charlie, who has tended the Sabina Park square for the past five decades.

"It could have something for the fast bowlers on the first day but overall, it shouldn't disappoint batsmen either. In a way, it will be good for both the teams.

"Batsmen who want to stick around will get the runs while the bowlers, who are prepared to bend their back will gain good purchase," said Charlie.

Overall, it might offer the faster bowlers bigger assistance than it did in two previous Tests, but it is unlikely to make them appear twice the worth than they really are.

At first glance, the pitch for the fourth Test, starting on Friday, doesn't seem to back his assertion.

It has been heavily watered, the smattering of grass, sodden, appears to have been rolled into the surface. But Charlie has no doubt strong wind and sun over the next two days will produce the pitch he wants.