Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 10th 2013 Contents WELLINGTON---West Indies head coach
Ottis Gibson said yesterday his side had
made their own luck and earned a draw in
the first Test, but will be looking to build on
the confidence they gained from their fight-
back for the remainder of the series against
Gibson was speaking following a training
session ahead of the second Test which opens
tomorrow (tonight TT time) at the Basin
Reserve in the New Zealand capital.
The training was disrupted by rain, restrict-
ing the team to fitness and fielding drills, as
well as the use of the indoor nets.
"The great golfer Gary Player once said
that the harder he worked, the luckier he got,"
said Gibson. "We worked hard on the fourth
day of the first Test and we felt we earned
our bit of good fortune on the final day.
"If we had capitulated on the fourth day
like we did in the first innings and didn t take
it into the final day, we would not have had
that luck. It works both ways. New Zealand
would have felt unlucky, but they know the
conditions better than us. They knew when
the rain would have been coming or not."
Rain and the New Zealanders cautious
approach combined to earn the Windies a
draw in the first Test which ended last Saturday
at University Oval in Dunedin.
Shane Shillingford, who opened the bowl-
ing, sent a few shivers through the Black Caps
dressing room, collecting 4-26 from 15 overs,
as the hosts, chasing 112 for victory, reached
79 for four in their second innings when rain
prompted the tea break five minutes earlier
than scheduled on the final day. The players
never returned to the field.
The Test was marked by two outstanding
batting performances with West Indies left-
hander Darren Bravo following up Ross Taylor s
undefeated 217 with a maiden Test double-
hundred of his own of 218, as the visitors were
bowled out for 507 in their second innings.
The Windies had been dismissed for 213
in their first innings, after Taylor and New
Zealand captain Brendon McCullum with 113,
allowed the home team to declared on 609
for nine after being sent into bat on the first
day.The result meant that the three-Test series
remained level at 0-0.
Reflecting further on the performance of
the team in the first Test, Gibson said: "I
think, like I say to the players, sometimes
preparation is everything and I don t think
we had ideal preparation going into the
"The lack of prepartion showed in our first
two innings -- our bowling first and first
innings batting -- where to be fair to New
Zealand, they played well over the first two
or three days and then we fought back really
well which was very pleasing.
"It gives us more confidence going into
the second Test and we are a more settled
group -- a few guys still have sniffles and
colds---but we re full of confidence from the
way we fought from the second innings in
Gibson said although Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul and Marlon Samuels did not play a
major part in the second innings fight-back,
there was great satisfaction that other players
had shown enough application to transform
the fortunes of the side.
"It s satisfying that we drew, but we still
want our best players to be making contri-
butions," he said. "We know Shiv passed
11,000 runs during the match and Marlon
has had a good couple of years since his return
to the side, but he is now going through a
down period. They are our key players and
we support them through their ups and downs,
but it s good to see performances coming
from other places in the team.
"The New Zealanders played very well for
no reward, but they now know if they are
going to beat us, they will have to play as
good as they did or better. If they have got
it within them, we will have to wait and see."
Gibson said however, it was clear that there
were areas of side s performance that needed
improvement for West Indies to remain com-
petitive in the series and earn their first Test
victory, let alone Test series win, in New
Zealand for 18 years.
"As a bowling group, we need to improve,
and as a batting group, we need to improve
on our first innings performance," he said. "I
don t think you can always bat from behind
in a Test. This is something that has been
happening for a long time, and even during
our spell where we won six straight Tests, the
first innings totals were inadequate.
"It s about discipline of doing the same
thing over and over and that is what Test
matches require. It is, sometimes, about mind
over matter...getting the ball, for instance as
a bowler, in the right place and being patient."
He added: "Every time our bowlers got
three or four balls in an over in the right place,
we looked like we could get an edge. . .The
edges went over slip sometimes and so on,
but the New Zealand batsmen just had to sit
and wait for a short, wide delivery or a full
delivery from which to score.
"If you look at the way they bowled to us,
they bowled with great discipline especially
in that first innings and we just have to learn
from them. We have to learn patience. It is
a skill that we certainly need to work on as
a bowling group."
Start time: 10.30 am local time (East
Caribbean---5.30 pm Tuesday, Jamaica---4.30
pm Tuesday) (CMC)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 10, 2013
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies fast
bowler Kemar Roach is confident of
making a successful return to the
international stage after recently
undergoing surgery for a right shoul-
Roach has been sidelined since early
November when he was forced to return
from the tour of India.
Having undergone the operation in
Jamaica, Roach will continue his reha-
bilitation in Barbados, and looking to
make an impact next year when he
makes a full recovery.
"I m feeling quite fine at the
moment...the surgery was successful
start my rehab and when the time is
right I will look to make a comeback
to the playing field," Roach told WICB
"It s my bowling arm so I m fully
aware that it will take some time before
I get back out there...that s fine but
when I come back I want to make sure
I m full ready so I can continue to get
a bag of wickets for the West Indies."
Roach has been the West Indies most
successful fast bowler in Test cricket
in the last two years. He has taken 85
wickets in 23 Test matches at an average
of 27.71 and 94 wickets in 61 One-Day-
ers at an average of 26.77.
The 25-year-old is presently at Num-
ber 14 in the ICC Test Match Bowling
Rankings and at Number 16 in the ICC
ODI Bowling Rankings. He is looking
to break into the Top 10 on his return.
"I have a progress and recovery plan
mapped out and I will follow it. My
short-term goal is to break into the Top
10 in Test bowling and also look to help
push West Indies back to the top in all
formats," Roach said. (CMC)
BRIDGETOWN---ESPN Caribbean will
present live, exclusive coverage of the
West Indies tour of New Zealand from
tonight at from Dunedin as the visitors
aim to ascend the International Cricket
Council (ICC) Test rankings.
All matches will air live on ESPN Play
(www.espnplay.com)---ESPN s multi-
screen live and on-demand broadband
platform in the Caribbean.
West Indies will be engaging their
hosts until January 15, 2014 in two more
Tests and five One Day Internationals
The tour culminates with two Twen-
ty20 (T20) fixtures which will serve as
the precursor for the Windies title
defence of the ICC World Twenty20
trophy, which will be broadcast exclu-
sively by ESPN Caribbean in March
Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday
announced that Real-Time
Snickometre (RTS) will be part
of the Decision Review System
(DRS) in the remaining two
Tests between New Zealand and
West Indies to be played in
Wellington and Hamilton.
The RTS has been included
as part of the DRS after an initial
approach from the teams and
their subsequent agreement after
briefings in Wellington on Mon-
It will be part of the decision-
making technology that will be
used by Sky Television s coverage
of the series, and also includes
Virtual Eye (ball tracking tech-
nology) and Hot Spot.
Both virtual eye and hot spot
are on the list of approved DRS
technologies and can be used
by TV umpires in any series in
which they are available.
The RTS is not yet approved
but the ICC commenced the
process of evaluating it for inclu-
sion following ICC Chief Exec-
utives Committee s meeting in
September during which broad
support was shown for the
The performance of the RTS
during the New Zealand---West
Indies series, and the current
Ashes series, will form part of
The DRS playing conditions
are covered in appendix 2 of the
standard test match playing
conditions that can be found
Snicko to be used for remaining Tests
ESPN to bring
Gibson wants WI
to build on first Test
West Indies coach Otis Gibson and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson discuss the pitch on the
eve of the second Test match yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
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