Sunday, February 25, 2018

...Coach Williams: No room for complacency

With three easy wins in a row, it can be easy for any team to take their foot off the accelerator pedal and relax; but that is one thing Trinidad and Tobago coach David Williams is guarding against.

After a relatively slow start in the rained out tournament opener against Jamaica, the defending Caribbean Twenty20 champions hit their stride, winning their next three matches to stay at the top of the standings with two matches to play in the round robin phase of the 2013 tournament at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia.

While some may believe T&T are already on their way to Sunday's final, after they thrashed Guyana by 80 runs on Saturday night at Queen's Park Oval, Williams is not ready to lookthat far ahead.

"It is one game at a time," Williams insisted.

"You know how T20 goes…you could play good today and mess up tomorrow. But as I said before, we played with some consistency. We are confident at the moment and we have two tough games in St Lucia—Windwards and Barbados—so we are just taking it one stride at a time," he told the Express after the Guyana clash.

"One thing we have to be sure about is that complacency does not set in. We are playing well at the moment and we want to continue playing well and once we keep our heads we will continue to do that," he added.

He also praised his players for doing an excellent job against the Guyanese and noted that it was always their plan to use the medium pacers against Guyana, and it worked well for them in the end.

Asked about the tactical decision to leave out left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley in favour of pacer Rayad Emrit, Williams said: "We just felt that the Guyanese are a little susceptible to the faster stuff, so we decided to go with an extra seamer and it paid off in the end."

He is also happy with the work of the pacers in the team, especially with the absence of Ravi Rampaul from the line-up.

"Shannon (Gabriel) bowled extremely well and he gave us the start we wanted. We did not use (Samuel) Badree first up this time around, but Rayad (Emrit) came in there for his first game and did a tremendous job for the team.

"Kevon Cooper and Dwayne Bravo continued to do their stuff, so it is good to see the seamers getting wickets and keeping the scoring rate down," Williams added.