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Gibson, Pybus to discuss way forward

 There could be big changes ahead for West Indies cricket after dismal performances in back-to-back Test series away to India and New Zealand.

West Indies have endured heavy defeats in four of their last five Tests, including twice by an innings against the Indians. Most recently they took a first innings lead only to capitulate for 103 runs, leaving an easy chase for New Zealand in the fourth innings.

Now coach Ottis Gibson and newly-installed director of cricket Richard Pybus are due to meet soon to discuss the way forward. The West Indies will next play a Test against New Zealand in May.

“We’ve had some discussions already about where we are and my thoughts on what we need to do to move forward,” Gibson was quoted as saying on the ESPNcricinfo website. “There’s a meeting pencilled in for us when we get back, including the selectors, to try and plot the way forward. We have five months before the next Test series which gives us some time.”

Gibson, though, warned against rash judgements in the interim, in the wake of calls for changes as the batsmen have continued to flounder.

“When you’ve just lost a series, and the way we’ve lost, emotions run high and people start talking about careers being on the line and it’s a bit premature,” Gibson said. “We can get home, let the dust settle and assess where we are. We can come up with a plan, but also decide who the right personnel are.”

He continued: “Batting collapses happen. In our team they happen too often. It’s a sickening feeling when it happens to your team.”

Gibson is hoping for a fresh approach in the upcoming ODI series, which begins on Boxing Day. Dwayne Bravo will replace under-fire Darren Sammy as captain for the one-dayers.

 “Dwayne brings his own energies,” he said. “Sometimes what is going on in the Tests can drain the players, it can have a drain on the captain as well. Having a new figurehead in the one-dayers, and some new players, means we aren’t taking too much baggage into the series.”

Gibson also said that opening batsman Chris Gayle, who was injured during the India tour, could make his return to the side for the two T20 Internationals at the tail-end of the series.

“We’re in communication with him and the people he’s working with in Australia,” Gibson said. “He’s still injured so (it) would be an unnecessary risk to fast track him with what lies ahead. The World T20 is coming up - a format where he is king. He should be available for the two T20s.”

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