Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Murray: Sterling performance

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.