Former Trinidad and Tobago batsman Claude Phillip described West Indies’ recent One-Day International (ODI) defeat against New Zealand as a “disgusting performance”, and said there can be no excuses for it.
“I am not going to make any excuses for them. They had to be bowling at the worst,” Phillip told the Express yesterday.
“When you look at the scores, you have to ask yourself if both teams were playing on the same pitch,” he said as he compared New Zealand’s 283 for four off 21 overs to West Indies’ score of 124 for five in the same amount of overs.
“Why couldn’t they reply with a substantial score? What is going on?” Phillip questioned.
Former West Indies Test batsman Bryan Davis feels that the regional side were not in the right frame of mind when they match finally got underway.
Davis agreed that no excuses could be made for such a poor performance with the bat and ball, but surmised that with the previous match being abandoned due to rain and the third one seemingly headed towards a similar outcome, the players were not mentally prepared for the match, and that is something that has to be corrected.
“I am not defending it. The coach should ensure they stayed mentally alert, but I think they believed the game was not going to play. They were lethargic, they just went through the motions and the two batsmen just got away from them, and then they reached a stage where they just could not come back,” Davis explained.
“The New Zealand batsmen batted very well and the West Indies bowlers never tried to adjust their length(s). I don’t agree with (Dwayne) Bravo’s very poor excuse that they were caught off-guard when that blitz started. I think they were not mentally tuned in to the match,” Davis added.
In terms of the upcoming games, Davis thinks that the regional side can bounce back but they will need to get their confidence back to do so.
“I think they can come back, but who is going to build that team’s confidence back up? Who is going to encourage and build the confidence for them to bounce back? You have a match come down to 21 overs and you are the T20 world champions and you lose in that manner.”
He believes they can still salvage something from the remaining matches on the tour.
Phillip, though, is not so optimistic.
“I doubt it very much. Their confidence would have taken a big blow so I don’t see how they can bounce back. When you get this kind of cut tail it is hard to come back, I don’t see how they will bounce back,” said Phillip.