Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2016 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 21, 2016
Windies look to end
14 year drought
Taylor has been replaced by the
Barbadian Miguel Cummins:
"Miguel was in Australia with us so
it is good that he got some experi-
ence from the outside. Having him
join us is a good thing," Holder.
Coach of the West Indies team
Phil Simmons says that patience will
be the key in doing well in this series.
He pointed out that: "We have been
together since the 11th (July) and
things have been good, few hiccups
in the camp with rain but generally
it has been good. The boys have
worked hard and they are ready to
go out there and battle against the
Indians. We tend to bored at times
when we go out there in the Test
match. This time around we are
going to harp on being patient. The
boys need to bat long, stick around
and they will get the reward in the
end. At the start of the series you
expect that certain people will do
well but what we want is that every-
one who gets a start carries on and
don t leave it to others."
Simmons added: "Every series is
significant, we want to continue
winning. We want to continue to
build on what we started in Australia.
The last two Tests in Australia were
not that bad. We want to win every
game, it is not only about the future
but what we do now. India is one
of the dangerous sides in the world
and their batting line-up shows that.
We have not played four back to
back Test matches for a long time,
so it will be challenging for us."
First ball is timed at 10am.
From Page A48
T&T s Khalifa St Fort did as
expected and dominated her heat
to advance comfortably to the
next stage in the women s 100
metres at the IAAF World
Under-20 Championships, at the
Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium
in Bydgoszcz, Poland, yesterday.
St Fort, stopped the clock at
11.50 seconds to top the opening
heat and qualified with the fourth
fastest time of the 24 semi-final-
ists. She beat Great Britain s Han-
nah Brier (11.63) and Tristan Eve-
lyn of Barbados (11.81), to the line.
"This race wasn t my best, but
I definitely think I m going to
improve through the rounds. I
need to have more explosion in
my start. My goal is to run a sub-
11, and I really think I can do it,"
St Fort was quoted saying fol-
lowing the race.
Joining the national junior
record holder in the next round
is T&T s other athlete in the
event, Jenea Spinks, who almost
matched her season s best 11.65,
clocking 11.66 to place fifth in
the third heat. The race proved
to be a competitive one as all the
runners from that heat pro-
Home favourite Ewa Swoboda,
who won the European junior title
last year, registered the quickest
qualifying time of 11.10. Imani-
Lara Lansiquot of Great Britain
was the second top qualifier, run-
ning a personal best of 11.17 while
last year s champion American
Candace Hill s time of 11.43 saw
her advance with third fastest time.
Today, Spinks, who enters the
semi-finals with 13th fastest time
overall, will be up first in heat
one from 6.05 am while St Fort,
who is coached by four-time
Olympic medal winner Ato
Boldon, lines up in the second,
aiming to place among the first
two or one of the next two having
the fastest times.
It was a disappointing morning
session for quartermilers Kashief
King and Jacob St Clair, and field
athlete Chelsea James, who failed
to make it out of the early rounds
of their respective events.
St Clair, running out of lane
six in the sixth heat, crossed in
48.39 to place seventh and 32nd
overall while King finished 38th
of the 39 runners, clocking 50.06
to place sixth in the fourth heat
in the men s 400m race.
James was way off her season s
best (14.85) in the qualification
round of the women s shot put,
measuring a distance of 13.72 to
place 21st overall in an event
where only the 12 best moves on
to the final round. Later on, Ger-
many s Alina Kenzel copped the
gold with a meet record of 17.58
while Jiayuan Song of China won
silver with a personal best of
16.36 and American Alyssa Wil-
son bronze with a 16.33 effort.
Sprinter Akanni Hislop will be
back on the track today, aiming
for a better result in the men s
200m. On the opening day of the
six-day meet, Tuesday, Hislop
failed to advance out of the 100
metres preliminary rounds. Run-
ning out of lane two in the open-
ing heat, he clocked 10.88 sec-
onds, well below his season s best
of 10.49, to finish fifth, which
placed him 32nd overall.
In the 200m heats, Hislop will
compete in lane nine in heat three
of five at 5.44 am (TT time). The
first four and the next fastest four
go through to the semifinals the
T&T field athlete Chelsea James during the women's shot put event at
the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland, yesterday. James'
best attempt measured 13.72, not good enough to make it out of the
qualification round. PHOTO: BAHAMAS ATHLETICS
St Fort, Spinks
book semi spots
NORTH SOUND---Vice captain of the
West Indies Test team Kraigg Brath-
waite says once batsmen apply them-
selves and bowlers keep a steady line,
the regional side will be a force to be
reckoned with when they battle India
in a four-match series starting today.
The top ranked Indian side is highly
favoured against West Indies, currently
languishing at number eight in the Test
rankings, just above Bangladesh.
But Brathwaite, who opens the batting,
says patience should be the key for bats-
men on slow Caribbean pitches.
"I think the main thing with these
pitches in the Caribbean is patience and
I think once we carry that both facing
their pacers and spinners we will make
some big targets. You know it s important
for that first innings total," said Brath-
"Will need that 300 and above and
once we do that we put ourselves in a
good position to go forward in the game
positively. Looking at their batting again
it s not going to be easy but we are accus-
tomed to these conditions so we know
once we get our lengths right and we
bowl to some specific field. We will be
As part of their preparations, the Indian
cricketers played two warm-up matches
against a West Indies Cricket Board XI,
which were both drawn.
A training camp which climaxed in
Barbados last weekend formed part of
the Windies preparation and Brathwaite
said he was satisfied with the perform-
ance of bowlers and batsmen during the
"I think we had a good camp last
weekend in Barbados. We got to go out
in the middle and most of the guys had
a good run out,"he said.
"The bowlers got some good spells
and the batsmen got some good spells
from the bowlers and the assistant
bowlers that came and help". CMC
ST JOHN'S---Legendary West Indies
captain Sir Vivian Richards says he is
hoping the pitch at the stadium named
in his honour provides healthy
bounce, in the opening Test against
India starting today.
The most dominant batsman of his
era, the 64-year-old said bounce would
not only benefit the faster bowlers but
would also be welcome by batsmen.
"I was speaking to the groundsman
recently and he told me that he is look-
ing to make some changes, where he
is hoping to have some more bounce
on the track itself," Sir Viv told the
"[I am] hoping that he could have
this sort of a wicket that produces the
pace and bounce that I think, maybe,
would be of help. And not just maybe,
to the bowlers but also to batters."
Of the four Tests played at the Vivian
Richards Cricket Stadium, only one has
finished with an outright result -- when
West Indies beat New Zealand by nine
wickets four years ago.
The last Test played there in April
last year was a high-scoring affair with
England twice scoring well in excess
of 300 and West Indies getting 350 in
their second innings.
Sir Viv, who never lost a Test series
as captain, said a bouncier pitch would
do little to hamper run-scoring.
"If the ball is going to bounce around
like that, batsmen do like to know that
the ball is coming through so long as
it s even," the iconic Antiguan said.
"But having said that, let s wait and
see what the pitch offers up." CMC
Brathwaite calls for
...steady line from bowlers too
Sir Viv banking on bouncey pitch
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