Gibson lauds lower order
KINGSTOWN – Despite being disappointed at having to settle for a tie, West Indies’ coach Ottis Gibson has lauded the lower order batsmen for their fight back in Tuesday’s third Digicel One-Day International at Arnos Vale.
Noting the Windies cricketers have demonstrated to everyone they have it in them to match the Australians, he implored them to stay calm in high-pressure situations.
“We should have won today [Tuesday] . . . but look at it this way, we didn’t lose the match and we are still in with a great chance of winning the series,” Gibson said after the match which ended with the run out of West Indies’ captain Darren Sammy with the scores level.
Gibson noted the Windies were able to claw their way back from five wickets down for just 78 runs and kept pace with the Aussies’ 220-run target.
“The lower order kept us in the game and credit must go to them for the way they played. The last five wickets gave us close to 150 runs so that’s a really good effort.
“We keep showing the fight that we have spoken about for a long time and we are seeing signs of improvement. Our fielding effort and our bowling performance were outstanding.
“The way we kept going and kept ourselves in the contest was good to see. The last time the Australians toured the West Indies, at this stage, the series was already over.
“They went on to win 5-0. Now at this stage we are still in it with all to play for,” added Gibson who took over two years ago.
With the five-match series level 1-1, the Windies have made just one change to their squad for the two final ODIs in St Lucia tomorrow and Sunday with Adrian Barath replacing fellow opener Kieran Powell.
Barath has recovered from his recent spell of injuries and gave firm evidence of his fitness with a hundred for Trinidad and Tobago against Guyana in their sixth round match of the Regional 4-Day Tournament last weekend at Queen’s Park Oval.
“The first match last Friday was disappointing. But we came back in a big way to win on Sunday and showed that we have it in us.
We will go to St Lucia and re-group, come again, and look for two wins to take the series,” added Gibson.