“We’re sick of losing” – Brendan Nash: Digicel Cricket Update
West Indies middle order batsman, Brendan Nash, has said that he and his teammates are tired of losing and will use the Digicel Test Series against South Africa as another stepping stone to return to winning ways in Test cricket.
“We’re sick of losing. We don’t like losing. We don’t enjoy it, but it is not something we can just turn around in one day. It is going to be a slow process, but we’re trying to do the right thing,” Nash declared in a radio interview in Trinidad on Wednesday afternoon.
“Nobody wants to lose, we’re doing what we can with the resources we have and the structures we have to try and turn things around,” Nash said while speaking on 103 FM on the eve of the First Digicel Test.
The 32 year-old left hander said the process of returning to winning ways will be a long and tedious one but he will draw inspiration from the Digicel Series 2009, when West Indies prevailed over the much-fancied England 1-0.
“I hope everyone remembers the Digicel Series last year against England. It came down to the last match. We were one up and we held on for a draw to win the series. Hopefully the Trinis put their minds back to that and support us . That’s what we needed at that time and that’s what we need at this time,” said Nash, as he appealed for fan support following the 5-0 whitewash inflicted by South Africa in the Digicel One Day International Series.
“We haven’t had the best of runs in the shorter format of the game. (Tests) are different and we showed some good signs against Australia at the end of last year, and this is the next Test series since then so hopefully the fans will come out and support us,” reasoned Nash who has played 12 Tests for the Windies since debuting in December 2008.
On Thursday Nash will return to the Queen’s Park Oval where he scored his maiden Test century against England when he made 109 in the first innings of the final Test in 2009. He is also coming off a successful West Indies A Team tour of Bangladesh where he scored 202 runs in four innings of two unofficial Tests and 188 runs in three limited overs matches.
Nash was only dismissed once in the two four day games and had scores of 44, 27*, 99* and 32* along with limited overs scores of 60, 71 and 47* to average 202 and 94 respectively in the two formats.
And the Australian, who qualifies to represent the regional side through his Jamaican parents, said that he is pleased to be back in the Caribbean and that home advantage will weigh in favour of the Windies.
“Playing in the Caribbean is a different feeling. We understand the wickets a little bit more and the people rally around us. When we’re not doing as well as everyone would like, it’s still nice to see the people on the sidelines dressed in our colours and cheering for us,” Nash explained.
Nash said though that intermittent showers on the days leading up to the Test have disrupted preparations.
“(Practice has been) a little bit disrupted. We’ve made the most of it and tried to get on the field we could and get in the indoor nets,” Nash explained.