Windies’ hopes burn eternal

LEEDS, England – Head coach Stuart Law says embattled West Indies are anxious to prove their worth, after enduring a storm of criticism over their humiliating innings defeat to England in the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston last weekend.

The Caribbean side lost 19 wickets on Saturday’s third day to tumble to an embarrassing innings and 209-run loss, and extend their woeful record of not having won a Test in England in 17 years.

Head coach Stuart Law (right) and bowling coach Roddy Estwick (partly hidden) watching fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in the nets.

Despite the firestorm, however, Law said his side, though disappointed, had continued to show the necessary temperament and commitment.

“The boys know it’s an attitude change. They need to stand up and fight and they’ve all spoken about that,” Law told reporters today.

“There has been no negative talk in our dressing room. We’ve tried to highlight what we have done well since we’ve arrived and what we need to do better. It’s all positive talk in our room.

“The criticism will come whether we win, lose or draw – we’re pretty accustomed to that so we just have to get on with it.”

West Indies entered the Test in good nick after encouraging performances in their opening first class matches against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire.

In fact, four players scored hundreds in the drawn three-day encounter in Derby, a total contrast to the showing in Birmingham when they were rolled over for 168 and 137 in quick time.

Law, who took up the helm of the side in March, said confidence had been understandably low following the drubbing but the players had rebounded well.

“After a loss like that you always feel a little under-confident but we’ve been honest with our assessment … all the boys are very honest with the assessment of what went on and we’re aiming to put it right over the next five days,” the Australian explained.

“These guys need the chance to prove that they are good enough to play for West Indies and I am backing them a hundred per cent. There’s a lot of talent in our dressing room and they have the opportunity to turn it around.”

He added: “We understand that there are a lot of people out there who are disappointed in our performance but I can tell you there is no one more disappointed than the dressing room itself.

“We had a good long chat after the game, we had a good session up in Birmingham as well which highlighted the fact that we are thinking about turning this around.”

West Indies clash with England in the second Test starting Friday at Headingley, knowing another defeat there will keep their disappointing record in tact of not having won a series in England in three decades.

The Caribbean side’s last two Tests at the venue – in 2000 and 2007 – ended in innings defeats for the visitors but Law said they were hoping to do well.

“We came here full of expectations again. Our preparation has been good,” he noted.

“If you dissect the game [at Edgbaston] we had to bat against two pretty decent bowlers in favourable conditions under lights and in overcast conditions. Taking that in, we understand we have to be better and we’re aiming to do that.”

Source: (CMC)

5 Responses to Windies’ hopes burn eternal

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Typical bulls–t talk this team horrible and that’s putting it mildly.

  2. Malchiel Ben Israel
    Malchiel Ben Israel August 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    The legacy of slavery….Why must west Indies have a white coach when we have an abundance of legends….smh

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 23, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    The coach has nothing to do with it

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Malchiel Ben Israel I think that your memory is very short. Where were you when DENNIS WHAITE USED TO BE the physiotherapist from Australia. We had a bunch of guys who used to put the westindies team first.

  5. harry turnover August 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Playing with a pink ball which swings prodigiously mostly under lights and in England at that was the WI main downfall.
    However, although the WI don’t have the bowling to dismiss England twice ,I expect the WI to put in a much improve performance
    At least they didn’t get bowled out for 47 or 94 when Gayle,Sarwan,Lara and CHANDERPAUL were playing in daylight conditions with the TRADITIONAL RED BALL.


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