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KINGSTOWN – West Indies bowler Sulieman Benn says he has been improving as a spinner since his return to the regional Test side after four years.

The left-arm orthodox spinner grabbed five wickets for 39 runs to help bowl out Bangladesh for 182 in their first innings of the first Test match against West Indies.

Benn, who last played a Test in December 2010, was recalled to reinforce the West Indies’ spin department.

“I am enjoying my bowling and when I first got back in against New Zealand, I did not bowl too well,” said Benn.

“As that series progressed I got better and better and at this moment I am finding my way nicely”.

Benn also took two wickets in the second innings as West Indies won by 10 wickets.

The Barbadian spinner revealed that extra pace on his deliveries worked in his favour against the visitors.

“The pitch was slow and the difference between the Bangladesh bowlers and myself was that they bowled too slowly,” said Benn.

“I normally bowl quick for a spinner, so I was able to put some pace on the ball and this added to the problems for their batsmen.”

Both sides meet in the second Test match from Saturday at Beausejour cricket ground in St Lucia.

“My job is to take wickets and I am going to just continue keeping it basic and hopefully the wickets will continue to some,” said Benn.

“We want to win this series and even if the wickets don’t fall at my end, once I can keep up the pressure and they fall at the other end, I am happy as well.” (CMC)

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