A lesson in closing
PORT-OF-SPAIN – Chris Gayle believes West Indies can learn a thing or two from South Africa, after watching them clinch the final One-Day International on Thursday at Queen’s Park Oval in a nail-biting finish.
The West Indies captain wants his players to watch and inwardly digest how the South Africans have finished them off every time in a number of tight finishes in the series on their way to a clean sweep.
“The game came close again, and we fell short again,” he said. “We don’t seem to know how to finish opponents off, when we have them down.
“But the South Africans are a very good unit, and I think everyone in our side needs to learn from them.”
He added: “I am not frustrated with the way we bowled ‘at the death’ throughout the series.
“I had confidence in Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard going into that situation in this match, but it did not work out.
“Jerome Taylor, one of our main bowlers, unfortunately picked up an injury, and he was not available to us in the closing stages. We’ll need to see what the physio says about it with the Test series close at hand.”
Taylor missed the previous match with a shoulder injury, but limped off the field clutching at his back, and his left leg.
Gayle is hoping that his side can rise from the ashes to play far more competitively in the forthcoming three-Test series.
“Hopefully, we can get a couple of days to put [this] behind us, and start fresh in the Tests,” he said. (CMC)