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The West Indies cricketers will be hoping
the Almighty sends blessings by keeping
the rain away, so that they could get in
the full five days in the second Test against New
Zealand which begins at 10am today at the Queen s
The struggling West Indies lost the opening Test
by 186 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica, and will be
hoping that the weather holds so that they can have
an even chance of winning the second Test.
Rain has been in the air over the past week and
the forecast is for more over the coming few days.
This does not make good reading but hopefully
there will be enough time to get in enough cricket
for a meaningful match.
Yesterday the locals had a work out at the Oval
and from all reports everything is fine with the
squad in terms of injury. The team spirit remains
upbeat despite the opening loss and with the new
players coming in there is optimism.
Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson come into
the fray replacing Keiran Powell and Marlon Samuels
respectively. There is a strong indication that the
home team would go into this Test with a third
pacer in the form of Shannon Gabriel and use one
spinner. The track at the Oval has changed in recent
years and would give assistance to the fast bowlers
Skipper Denesh Ramdin is backing his boys to
come good. "We have no choice but to go all out
in this Test. We have the talent to win matches
against New Zealand and it has been frustrating
that the results have not come our way.
"Hopefully the guys can go out there and give
off their best, so that we can come back into this
series and have a chance at even winning it. We
have been working hard and it is all in the head
right now. The guys have to be positive, go out there
and believe in themselves and their teammates and
we can be right back in this series."
Ramdin said the pitch at the Oval should be a
sporting one which would give assistance to whoever
is willing to work for it. "We have the batting and
bowling attack to suit this pitch and once we go at
the opposition positively we would get the result
Meanwhile, New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee
who was brilliant in the opening Test said: "Coming
to Trinidad now, the last Test I played here I per-
formed pretty well so I'm looking to better that
performance or even top it. I'm just going to go out
there put in my best and give it a good shot.
"In Trinidad, the wicket has got better over the
years, so it's better for fast bowling. So you've just
got to go out there and put the work in, bowl some
strong balls in good areas, the batsmen will make
mistakes and you will get the wickets."
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KINGSTON---Chris Gayle has put the
West Indies' loss to New Zealand in the
first Test down to good all-round
cricket from the visitors.
The game, which ended inside four
days at Sabina Park on Thursday, saw
the West Indies going down 186 runs,
to concede the initiative in their best of
"It's a game of cricket, and we are
not going to find any excuse," said
"They outplayed us. They batted
better and for longer periods, and when
it came to their time to bowl their
bowlers kept piling on the pressure.
"But it's not the end of the world as
it's the first game of the series. We will
just have to pick ourselves up and de-
liver a better performance next time
Gayle, who was playing his 100th Test,
also said though getting a half-century in
the first innings, he was disappointed
with his overall returns.
Gayle made 64 in the first innings, and
in the process surpassed Sir Don Brad-
man's 6,996 runs in Tests, and 10 in the
second to become the eighth West Indian
batsman to go past 7,000 runs.
Gayle says no excuses for first Test loss
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
FARINHA copped gold
in the boys' Under-20
100m dash in 10.44
seconds, at the
President's Classic, on
"I m ready, I m
feeling well ... I don t
have anything to
RONALDO ahead of
his team's World Cup
clash against Germany.
Gabriel likely to feature
Jermaine Blackwood looks good
during a net session at the
Queen's Park Oval yesterday.
Blackwood is expected to make
his debut against New Zealand
PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.
West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Chris Gayle, Kraigg
Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Jermaine
Blackwood, Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kemar
Roach, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford,
Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson,
Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Jimmy
Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim
Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Kane
.....as Windies hope for rain relief
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