WI coach positive
WEST INDIES coach Ottis Gibson is staying positive about his team’s chances of squaring the Digicel Test series with a win against Australia in the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The coach remained upbeat even after the hosts were trailing Australia’s first innings by 59 runs with one wicket in hand at the end of the third day on Tuesday.
Gibson, speaking to the media after the rain affected day’s play, said his side needed to stay positive no matter what score they were given to chase.
“The Aussies chased down 190 and won last week, so who is to say that we can’t do that this week,” the West Indies coach said.
“We just have to stay positive and make sure that whatever we are chasing we apply ourselves, maybe a little bit better at the start of the innings than we did in the first innings here and the second innings in Barbados.”
The coach said they were also weary of having one bad session that could end up costing them the match.
West Indies, responding to Australia’s 311, closed the day on 252 for nine after resuming on 49 for three.
The home’s team effort was built around a fifth wicket stand of 130 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul (94) and Narsingh Deonarine (55).
“To be fair to the guys, they managed to stay tough. They have hung in, they played some very good cricket for the most part and like we said before it is just one of those situations where there is one bad hour and we have got to try and overcome that hurdle,” Gibson said.
“We have overcome a lot of hurdles to get where we are. We have overcome that situation where one bad hour is hurting us.”
Gibson also had some comments on the Decision Review System (DRS) which his players have not used to their advantage so far in this series.
“I can’t say what I really want to say about the DRS. If the ICC is going to use the DRS, they should use all the technology and I think if we don’t have all the technology, we should not use it,” he said.
“It is tough. We know the Aussies are better than us and we know we have to give them a challenge and when things go against you it is tough. Credit to them, they have been coming back all the time and playing competitive cricket.”
Gibson is also hoping that the West Indies can rebound from the one bad hour they had after tea when they slipped from 230 for five to 249 for nine.
“It would have been nice for Shiv to get a hundred and still be there but obviously he played fantastically well to get us in the position we are in,” said Gibson.
He added “a combination of good bowling, and I suppose and a bit of senseless batting…all these things contribute to the situation we find ourselves in at the moment.
“If we can come back tomorrow (Wednesday) and get a good first hour, then the Australians might set us a something that they believe we can’t get and it is up to us to go out there and try and get it to level the series.”