Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 11th 2015 Contents COLOMBO---Carlos Brathwaite says his attacking
half-century on Friday typifies the way he wants
to approach his batting in international cricket.
Batting at number 10, the strapping right-hander
blasted 54 from 46 balls, with four fours and four
sixes, to help propel West Indies up to 209 all out,
on the second day of their three-day tour match
against Sri Lanka Cricket President s XI.
"I was just trying to set a template for the way
I want to bat, the way I want to play my game.
Impose myself on the bowling and be smart while
doing it. I got the balls in the areas that I wanted
to play my shots and executed them successfully,"
said the 27-year-old.
"I want to be feared as a powerful batsman but
there will be times when I need to pack up the bound-
aries and play a long haul knock, and I also want to
be versatile about to do that.
"But the template I want to set for myself is one
who goes out there and lets bowlers know that I m
here, whether it s hitting boundaries or running
singles positively, just playing a positive brand of
Brathwaite produced a similar explosive knock
against the Australians back in May, when he belted
exactly 50 off 42 deliveries in a tour match at the
Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
Though he is yet to play a Test, such performances
have kept him in the selection frame and he said
once picked, he intended to continue playing with
flair and aggression.
"I think my game is best suited to counter-attack-
ing, taking the momentum away from the fielding
team and putting it back in our favour."
Brathwaite s only first class hundred was a knock
of 109 off 128 balls, two seasons ago against T&T,
when he also counter-attacked brilliantly.
He said this aggressive approach had become his
role in the Barbados team in recent years and he was
now focussed on transferring it to the West Indies
set-up, once given the opportunity.
"We have a set group of players and that is my
role for the Barbados team. You have guys at the top
that bat well and bat for long periods of time and
my job is to come in and take over and counter-
attack, and push that score from 250-300 as close
to 400 as possible," Brathwaite pointed out.
"It won t work all the time but at international
level -- obviously I ve been here for a short period
of time -- and watching international cricket and
being around the set-up, the skill level is basically
"It s about confidence and the confidence to execute
your skills and working hard enough to get those
skills in good enough shape, that you are confident
enough to execute them when the time is right."
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Stewart, Honore fire
v-ball men to sixth
T&T exacted revenge on Costa Rica with wins in straight
sets in their sixth place playoff at the 24th Norceca Men s
Continental Volleyball Championship Olympic Qualifiers
held at the Cordoba Arena in Veracruz, Mexico, yesterday.
Former France-based Ryan Stewart led T&T 14 points
while Germany-based middle-blocker Marc-Anthony Honore
got 12, and Simon Blake, the reigning Caribbean Zonal Vol-
leyball Association Championship "Most Valuable Player"
added ten in the 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 victory.
Nicholas Prescott and Brandon Legall chipped in with six
and five points respectively for the reigning Caribbean cham-
pions, who dominated the Central Americans on spikes 42-
23 and blocks 12-2, but was outscored on service aces 4-
5. For Costa Rica, Julio Alvarez had a team-high 11 points
and Richard Smith got nine.
The win for T&T avenged a 25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 21-25
loss in their final Pool B round-robin match with a place in
the quarterfinals on the line.
Last night, 15-time champions Cuba came up against
Canada in the final while host Mexico and Puerto Rico battled
for third spot.
Jehue Gordon...expected to run today.
Some of T&T s and the Caribbean s
top runners including World Cham-
pion hurdler Jehue Gordon, will face
the starter s gun for today s staging
of the Air Bon Sonics Athletics Club
annual 5K Road Race from Beckles
Street in Arima to the Bonair Savan-
nah from 4 pm.
Gordon has been recuperating from
a minor surgery he had recently. The
race is expected to be his first real test
since that surgery and will jump-start
his preparation ahead of next year s
Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Apart from Gordon the defending
men s champion Kelvin Johnson of
Guyana will also be there as well as
veteran middle distance running king
Pamenos Ballantyne of St Vincent and
the Grenadines, Curtis Cox of T&T,
Richard Jones, Brian Maynard and a
number of Kenyan runners who are
normally here to participate at the T&T
International Marathon and the UWI
Spec International Half Marathon.
Tonya Nero, who won among the
females the last time the race was held
in 2013, will also be back to defend her
The race is being held to give back
to the community of Bon Air where the
club is from as well as the athletic com-
munity. It has been held for the past
10 years and this year s edition has seen
a number of sponsors such as Caribbean
Airlines, the Unit Trust Corporation,
the National Association of Athletic
Administration (NAAA) and the Sport
Company of T&T.
Earle Bourne, the club s founder
explained that the race is aimed at help-
ing to prepare athletes in the athletic
"I know that athletes are always in
need of events to help them prepare
for local, regional and international
events so hence the reason we are hold-
ing this race."
Like in previous years, the winner in
both the male and female categories
will walk away with a cheque for $1,500
and a medal. Second, third, fourth and
fifth will receive $1,000, $700, $500
and $400, respectively, along with a
However, Bourne explained yesterday
that there has been some concerns from
local runners that the international run-
ners have been winning all the prizes
and as such a special incentive has been
set aside for T&T runners taking part
in the race.
Jehue for Air Bon Sonics 5k
Sport psychologist: Change the mentality of athletes
Sport and performance psychologist
Donald La Guerre says training and
developing the psychological aspect of
sport--that mental toughness among
our athletes--is lacking among emerging
and professional athletes alike because
parents and coaches are not clear how
to develop it.
He said promising athletes were being
told to go out in the world and be con-
fident but that phrase to them was noth-
ing more than a bunch of words, citing
they did not have the requisite nurturing
to convert it into reality.
La Guerre was responding to a T&T
Guardian request to comment on Queen s
Park Cricket Club (QPCC) official Jeffrey
Guillen publicised comment that regional
cricketers were failing on the field because
they did not have the mental fortitude
to complement their talent on the pitch.
He (Guillen) called on the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) to broaden its
development blueprint for athletes, to
include psychological nurturing, to ensure
that the region s sportsmen reach their
The QPCC official said the WICB
was paying players a monthly retainer
between US$10,000, and US$12,000
(or US$150,000 annually) and there
was nothing in place for them to accel-
erate their progress as cricketers, which
in his view amounted to "just throwing
money down the drain. Really and truly
ciplined as we like to believe. Take for
instance Darren Bravo: an extremely
talented young player at age 27. Is (Virat)
Kohli more talented than Bravo? We
haven t developed our players psycho-
logically and technically from age 20
to 24. Lendl Simmons is a perfect
example. Justin Guillen is a perfect
example. They are all talented players
but they don t seem to reach that peek
because there is a vacuum inside there
that we certainly aren t filling."
La Guerre said, "With respect to
cricket, one can easily assume that ath-
letes have to maintain this high level
of focus or concentration for a very
long period. This is especially so for
the longer form of the game. But when
you really break down the sport of
cricket--break it down to its simplest
forms, for example batting, bowling,
fielding--each execution actually takes
a few seconds and these few seconds
should be the time frame for cricketers
to really be at their peak level of con-
centration. So essentially, we think they
have to focus for this long period, but
when we break it down, it s for splits
of a few seconds."
Across all sports, he explained, the
reality of distractions easily creeping
in and negatively weighing on the mind
of athletes was a phenomenon.
Down time between games, he con-
tinued, was the perfect opportunity for
young minds to drift and distractions
"But one of the constant things that
I ve seen is that the distractions they
experience are often outside of the
particular sport. So for instance, you
might have somebody out there field-
ing and the ball doesn t come his or
her way very often. That s a classic
opportunity for that particular athlete,
especially younger athletes to think
about some social activities, maybe
think about a particular relationship
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