Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 24th 2015 Contents After West Indies trained at the
MCG yesterday, Phil Simmons was
asked about the body language of
his players so far on this tour. Dur-
ing the Hobart Test, hands were in
pockets, intensity was lacking.
David Warner observed that West
Indies appeared to be just going
through the motions.
During their two-day match in
Geelong at the weekend, Jerome
Taylor was nearly hit by a ball at
fine leg because he was facing the
empty grandstand, not concentrat-
Simmons spent much of the press
conference answering with body lan-
guage of his own. There were looks
of resignation and exasperation.
There was the occasional shoulder
slump, more than a few sighs, and
wry smiles. This is the way coaching
West Indies can make you feel. You
can talk to the players till you re blue
them to bring to Test cricket the
"Oh boy," Simmons said when
asked if he had spoken to the players
about their poor body language. "We
keep doing that every day. It s part
of it. Your body language always tells
something to the other team. It s
something that especially Mr
Ambrose bowling consultant Curtly
Ambrose tries to preach to them.
It s part of the game and you need
to show the other team you re in
Batting, bowling and fielding are,
of course, the basics of the game,
and Simmons was satisfied that his
men had worked hard on their games
since they lost inside three days in
Hobart. But the big question is
whether they can transfer that to
the Boxing Day Test. After Australia
plundered 75 runs in the first hour
of the game, West Indies did their
best to fight back with three quick
wickets, but the tone had been set.
"That s generally what happens
with some oppositions, you sort of
know how to try and take it to them,"
Warner said. "We know the first ses-
sion is crucial in every Test match.
From our point of view it looked like
they did go through the motions
when we were batting on that day,
when we batted big. But it s a new
game, it s Boxing Day and we re all
fired up and ready to go."
Are West Indies fired up? It is
hard to tell. Simmons conceded that
Warner s comments were probably
fair, but he insisted that the players
had been stung by the criticisms of
their approach during the Hobart
"I think looking from outside it
is a fair criticism, it looked like that,"
Simmons said. "Of course it s going
to hurt. If it doesn t hurt then some-
thing s wrong. I know all the crit-
icism we received before coming
here has hurt. All I can hope is it
pushes them as much as it pushes
me to push them to do the work and
pushes them to do well on the field."
However, the indications during
the two-day game in Geelong,
against a modest Victorian XI, were
not all positive. Most notable was
the incident when batsman Jake
Hancock hooked captain Jason Hold-
er to fine leg, where Taylor was facing
the wrong way and had to be alerted
by his team-mates yells that a catch
was coming his way.
"We did have a word with Jerome,"
Simmons said. "Some things you
have a word and then you leave it,
because it s not something that will
be done over and over, it s a mistake
in that instance. We had a word with
him about it."
There was another resigned smile
and sigh when Simmons was asked
about the experienced Marlon
Samuels, who appeared to be offering
little assistance to the new captain,
Holder, in the field during the Hobart
Test. "We try to get to him and make
sure that he knows he and young
[Darren] Bravo are important parts
of this batting line-up and the team
itself," Simmons said. "So we ve done
Simmons was full of praise for
Holder who, at 24, is one of the
younger members of the squad, but
who faces the responsibility of lifting
this West Indies outfit out of the
mire in which it currently finds itself.
Holder always presents himself well
and sets a good example for his men,
but there is only so much he can do
"He knows there s a lot of pressure
from being West Indies captain and
he s taken it like a duck to water,"
Simmons said. "He knows what he
has to do, he speaks his mind to
players when they don t do what he
expects them to do, which is what
I expect from a captain, and he prais-
es everybody when they do well. I
think he has the right attributes and
he s coping with the pressure really
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 24, 2015
ST JOHN'S---West Indies Cricket Board
president, Dave Cameron, has hailed Stafanie
Taylor s capture of the ICC Women s Twen-
ty20 International Cricketer of the Year
award and says the honour will further boost
women s cricket in the region.
The 24-year-old Taylor was on Wednesday
honoured with the award for the year 2015 by
cricket s world governing body after dominating
the international circuit with 340 runs from
nine matches including three half-centuries,
during the period under review.
"Stafanie has demonstrated that she is not
just an excellent batter and bowler but also
a very good leader," Cameron said.
"She did a fantastic job when she took over
the captaincy against Pakistan earlier this year
and was immediately rewarded with a series
"This award will help raise the profile of
women s cricket in the West Indies as it is
further proof that young women in the
Caribbean can rise to the top of the world in
their chosen endeavor."
The right-handed Taylor has been a prolific
scorer for West Indies, ever since making her
debut as a 16-year-old back in 2008. Such
form landed her the ICC One-Day Interna-
tional Player of the Year awards in 2011 and
Last September, she was elevated to the
post of captain and inspired here side to a 3-
0 victory over touring Pakistan women in the
T20 series and a 3-1 win in the ODI series.
She plundered 261 runs at an average of
130 in the ODIs to earn the Player of the Series
Cameron said Taylor had been an "out-
standing representative and ambassador"
throughout her career.
"On behalf of the WICB and the various
stakeholders in West Indies cricket I want to
extend congratulations to Stafanie on winning
this major award on the ICC cricketing cal-
endar," Cameron noted.
"She has been an outstanding representative
and ambassador for West Indies from the first
time she step foot on the international stage,
back in 2008, and she keeps getting better."
Taylor is currently playing for Sydney Thun-
der in the inaugural women s Big Bash League
Meanwhile, the West Indies Players Asso-
ciation (WIPA) on behalf of its executive board
and members extended congratulations to
West Indies Women s captain Stafanie Taylor
on being named International Cricket Council
(ICC) Women s International T20 Player of
This award comes at the end of a year where
Taylor scored a total of 340 runs in nine match-
es, the most by any women s batter in the
T20 format of the game. The 24-year-old all-
rounder has previously won ICC Women s
Cricketer of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
President and CEO of WIPA, Wavell Hinds
said of Taylor s success, "The WIPA family
would like to extend our heartfelt congratu-
lations to Stafanie on the achievement of this
prestigious international award."
He continued, "This award is well deserved;
Stafanie has been a consistent performer for
the West Indies team. She continues to make
the entire cricketing community of the
Caribbean proud." (CMC)
LOS ANGELES---CONCACAF is
suing a California company for at
least $50 million in an alleged kick-
back scheme involving two former
executives of the soccer body.
The Confederation of North, Cen-
tral America and the Caribbean
Association Football filed a lawsuit
in federal court in Los Angeles, USA
on Monday. The lawsuit names Los
Angeles area-based Cartan Tours,
its owner, an executive and three
Messages left for an attorney and
an executive at Cartan Tours were
not immediately returned Wednes-
The lawsuit alleges "a clandestine,
kickback-based and parasitic rela-
tionship" between Cartan and two
former CONCACAF executives,
president Jeffrey Webb and general
secretary Enrique Sanz. Webb and
Sanz were not being sued.
Webb has pleaded guilty to federal
corruption charges after his arrest
with other FIFA officials in Switzer-
land in May. Webb also was a FIFA
vice president and executive com-
mittee member. (AP)
Cameron---good boost for women's cricket
West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave
CONCACAF suing California company over alleged kickbacks
West Indies captain Jason Holder signs autographs for fans at the family
day event yesterday.
AUSTRALIA V WEST INDIES, 2ND TEST, MCG
for better from WI
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