Gibson says batsmen not taking responsibility – Digicel ODI Cricket Release
One day after West Indies Head Coach, Ottis Gibson, publicly declared that he would like to have a batting coach as part of the team set up, his batsmen gave his declaration a ringing endorsement as they crashed to 157 all out in pursuit of South Africa’s modest 224 in the Third Digicel One Day International at Windsor Park.
Prior to the match Gibson said: “At the end of this Digicel Series, we will sit down and look at what I believe my ideal coaching staff to be and that will include a batting coach for the long term.”
With two ODIs and three Tests remaining, there may be a more urgent need for the position to be filled before the end of the Digicel Series. The Windies have lost all five matches in the Digicel Series thus far, primarily because of woeful batting.
After the Third Digicel ODI, an exasperated Gibson lamented that the batsmen must take responsibility in order for the team to secure wins.
“It boils down to the batsmen taking responsibility which they are not doing, and it is also going to take a large amount of common sense which they are not displaying,” Gibson said.
“As a coach, you can talk as much as you like and the guys are working hard at their skills but cricket also requires some thought and a lot of commonsense and that’s where, as a batting group, we are falling down,” Gibson stressed.
“I keep saying that, in order to win, we have to create the opportunity first. We created the opportunity, we bowled out (South Africa) for 224, we can’t ask for more than that in a game you have to win. All it required was some common sense batting and we’re not displaying any common sense when we walk out,” Gibson said.
Gibson said that the team plan was for the younger batsmen to bat around experienced pro Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chanderpaul was playing his first game of the Digicel ODI Series after missing the first two games with a hand injury. He scored 24, the second best knock after Dale Richards’ top score of 28.
“Shiv is still our best player; chasing 224, we didn’t need any heroics, we just needed some sensible batting, but, as we have seen in most of the games so far, we’ve been let down badly by our batting,” Gibson said.
Questioned about whether Chanderpaul – who spent 49 deliveries to gather 24 runs – should bat lower in the order, Gibson said he did not agree with that view.
“We’ve seen in the past Shiv take 40 balls to get 20 runs but, if he bats 50 overs, he will make up. If the other guys bat around him, we will get to 224,” Gibson reasoned.
And Gibson said he will be examining other batting options in an effort to find the right combination.
“Travis Dowlin – who has had a reasonable (West Indies A Team) tour of Bangladesh – is joining us so we could see another change in the batting order,” Gibson revealed.
The line-up is missing senior batsman, Ramanresh Sarwan, who picked up a hamstring injury in the Second Digicel ODI.