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Coach Gibson urges players to be responsible

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has appealed for responsible innings from his top order batsmen in particular, when they play Bangladesh in the crucial third One-day International today.

West Indies trail 0-2 in the five-match series, and Gibson said hosts Bangladesh had things too easy in the first two One-day Internationals.

"We have to make more runs than them, so it means that our batsmen have to be a little bit more determined than they have been to stay there, be a little bit more conscientious about the way they build their innings, and executing their roles for the team," said Gibson.

"I think it comes down now to people looking at themselves because we haven't become a bad side overnight and, from my perspective as coach, it's not all gloom and doom either."

Gibson has lamented the fact that his top order has not laid any foundations for significant totals in the first two games as they did in the previous ODI series against New Zealand, which the Windies won convincingly. He is hoping the West Indies can make improvements in all three disciplines of the game.

"We have gifted our wickets," Gibson stated. "But if we pay a little bit more attention and are a little bit more 'street-wise', especially against their spinners, and put a significant total on the board, I back our bowlers to defend it."

The West Indies' training session scheduled for yesterday at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur was cancelled after team management was informed of a likely general strike in the Bangladesh capital. Gibson said the players had been anxious to get back into the nets and try to put right some of the things they had discussed into practice.

"We did not have that opportunity, so we may arrive at the venue a little earlier [today], so that the players can get into the nets and get some work done before the match," Gibson said.

"But some of the players have been in Bangladesh for a long time. It's been a long tour for the players that were involved in the Test series, so sometimes a rest is as good as getting back into the nets."

The players were restricted to gym sessions at the team hotel yesterday with strength and conditioning coach Hector Martinez, and strategic planning meetings in between periods of recovery.

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