Playing for prideEARLY MEAL?: The West Indies will be hoping for an early scalp by dismissing England’s captain Alastair Cook cheaply. (AP)
Fri, June 22, 2012 - 12:02 AM
LEEDS – As West Indies geared up for the final One-Day International of the three-match series here today, head coach Ottis Gibson admitted that he was at a loss to explain why his side had not lived up to expectations.
The star-studded Caribbean side entered the three-match series battling to stave off the tag of favourites but have been far from their best in the first two matches, losing both by comprehensive margins.
“At the end of the day, we’re playing cricket in England against a very good English side.
“We keep saying, on paper, we have the makings of a great side with Chris [Gayle] coming back, [along with] Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, with the form those guys had in the IPL,” Gibson told a media conference yesterday.
“But it’s difficult to put into words how things shaped up so far in the series. We’ve shown that we can play, but England have just been that little step ahead of us all the time.”
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