Two former West Indies cricketers called the Caribbean
team’s nine-wicket victory in the first Test
match against Zimbabwe excellent, while another
said it was to be expected.
Bryan Davis, the Queen’s Park Cricket Club
(QPCC) executive manager, said a victory is always
a good thing, while former West Indies wicketkeeper
and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB)
president Deryck Murray said the important thing
was that the regional team started winning again.
“I thought it was an excellent performance,”
said Murray. “The bottom line is the victory, and a
convincing victory, that is what I based my judgement
on the performance.”
Davis said there was room for improvement in
the top-order batting, who didn’t score the runs
they should have.
“But the bowlers did their job. Bowlers win Test
matches. The batsmen gave them runs to bowl at,
so that’s why I thought it was an excellent victory.”
Murray said achieving the win so convincingly,
within two and a half days, was a “sterling performance”.
“That was excellent, and it is good they are getting
into a wining habit.”
Asked about the quality of the opposition, Murray
said: “At the end of the day winning and/or losing
is a habit and it is good to be cultivating a winning
habit. The coincidence that that instills will
obviously help the team when they meet stronger
Murray also believed that the Windies could improve
in some other areas.
And former Windies pacer Tony Gray said he
expected the team to win and dominate Zimbabwe.
“Although they (Zimbabwe) have one or two
very good batsmen, they haven’t played Test cricket
for a while so I expected the West Indies team,
a very talented team, to beat them, and they did.”
Gray, the head coach of the University of Trinidad
and Tobago (UTT) cricket team, said he was
happy with Marlon Samuels’ resurgence in Test
cricket after his injury. He also approved of the
selectors’ choices for the composition of the team.
“I love the fact we had three genuinely fast
bowlers. I agree with the selectors bringing back
the fast bowlers. We need guys who could take fivewicket
hauls, so I like the combination and composition
of the team.”
Gray said genuinely fast bowlers are necessary
in future West Indies squads if the regional team is
to have any chance of returning to the number one
or two position in Test cricket.
“It’s the only way,” Gray concluded.