Friday, December 15, 2017

Williams: Windies need to convert starts to win

Trinidad and Tobago cricket coach David Williams blamed the West Indies’s batting for their failure by an innings and 51 runs inside three days in the first Test against India in Kolkata.

But the former West Indies assistant coach said even though the visitors performed poorly with the bat, all was not lost for the regional side.

“The pluses are that they keep getting starts. Look down the line in both innings, Bravo getting a start, Samuels getting a start, Chris Gayle getting a start...we’re seeing a number of starts and none able to carry on,” Williams told the Express yesterday. “That’s the difference with the Indian team and our team. You can’t get 20 and 30 and get out in soft dismissals. We just need to carry one.

“Partnerships are the key. When you get in there you stay in there and carry one, get a big score for the team. The highest score in the Test match for us was 60-odd by Samuels. The bowling, the guys tried, the pitches were very flat, but bowlers did their part. I still think we could have been a little bit better with the ball.”

When asked where the match was lost, Williams said: “I thought that Sammy hit the nail on the head. He said they got themselves in good positions and weren’t able to capitalise on it. In Test match cricket, you can lose it it in an hour or half an hour. It’s very important that whatever you’re doing, you keep your focus and keep your thinking cap on. I thought they did very well to restrict India to 85 for five. Maybe we could have been a bit more patient with the ball.”

The ex-Windies wicketkeeper added that the Caribbean team needed to score more than 300 runs batting first to ensure they challenged the Indians on first innings.

“That would have been a lot better score to put India under a lot more pressure. The second time around they just captiulated, and we’ve become so accustomed to that in West Indies cricket. We have enough talent in that team to post good totals. I don’t think the bowling had demons in it. I didn’t think we applied ourselves very well.”

Williams feels that the Windies need to be competitive for longer periods to give themselves a chance to beat the better Test teams.

“They made 240-odd, and at one stage it looked like they were going to bowl India (out) under that score. So Day One and Day Two, you could say they’ve been competitive. Day Three, they lost it again. So if you want to look at it that way, they’ve been competitive for the first day and a half.”