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While the Caribbean looked on in contin-
ued horror at the performance of the West
Indies team in Sri Lanka, I thought to myself
that there is still hope for this team and fans
should put themselves out of their misery
with rational thinking.
I sat in the press box in Sri Lanka for the
two Test matches and looked on with a critical
eye at the performance of the West Indies
team, not thinking for once that they would
win any of the matches, so there was no stress.
This allowed me to look at the prospects
of what the future holds for our beloved West
Indies cricket team. Any fan who thinks that
this team would just start to beat people must
understand that they are setting themselves
up for heartache.
We have to understand that our team is
way below the top sides and we need to look
at small steps in a positive direction and build
There will always be that fan who would
get up in the middle of the night to look at
the West Indies play and not move an inch
from their chair if the team is going through
a good period. Fans like these will always be
frustrated for a while, I must say.
We need to think of our team as one that needs
to start from scratch and not one that is expected
to win Test matches just like that. In fact, the only
team that I think we can go into a clash with and
have some confidence is Bangladesh.
We need to understand where we have found
ourselves and sit down and make up our minds
to take the long haul.
Looking at the team in Sri Lanka, I was most
impressed with our bowling attack. Some may
want to question that, as they conceded 484 runs
in the first innings at Galle. However, at the end
of day one the Sri Lankans were 250/2 and this
did not represent a situation where the bowlers
The bowlers held their own on that opening day
and of course we might like to add that three
catches spilt did not help their situation.
They came back wonderfully well on the second
morning on a good batting strip to grab the next
eight Sri Lankan wickets for 234 runs. In the
second Test match, Sri Lanka were bowled out for
200 and 2006, I don't need to say more on that
Looking at steps moving forward, I think that
Sir Curtly Ambrose's interaction with the bowlers
is now being felt.
The consultant has made a big difference to the
bowling unit and it is clear to see that even if they
are not blasting out the opposition, they are bowl-
ing a disciplined line and length and staying in
I like to use Shannon Gabriel as the positive
example of Sir Curtly being around. Prior to Sir
Curtly coming into the job, Gabriel in my opinion
was all over the place'.
He had pace but his direction was not the best
most times. Now when you look at Gabriel, he
has added control to that and this makes him a
more lethal opponent.
I have also notice an improvement in Jason
Holder and Jerome Taylor as well and while Kemar
Roach has dropped in pace, he is still there and
I like our slow bowling option of Devendra Bishoo
and young Jomel Warrican. These two have shown
that they have quality to work with and the future
in terms of our bowling set up is not all that
I think this bowling unit will keep us in Test
matches and the batting has to come good.
Our batsmen are making too many simple mis-
takes, like playing across the line on a regular basis
not showin poor footwork.
The biggest problem with our batting unit is a
mental one. The WICB needs to invest in a full
time sports psychologist working with this team
and I am sure the improvement with the batsmen
In the meantime, I would like to advise fans of
West Indies cricket that if they don't want to end
up in front of a psychologist then they need to
understand that their team need to be rebuild and
it would take time.
There is hope still for Windies
Looking at the team in Sri Lanka, I
was most impressed with our
bowling attack. Some may want to
question that, as they conceded
484 runs in the first innings at
Galle. However, at the end of day
one the Sri Lankans were 250/2
and this did not represent a
situation where the bowlers were
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