Roach praises Gibson
OTTIS GIBSON has had his fair share of criticism since he left the England set-up to become West Indies coach in January 2010.
But on Wednesday, following the rain-affected fourth day of the second Digicel cricket Test against Australia at Queen’s Park Oval, Gibson received perhaps the most ringing endorsement of his coaching career from fast bowler and fellow Barbadian, Kemar Roach.
After bad weather curtailed play in the final session -effectively half a day’s play was lost due to rain -Roach was asked how involved Gibson had been in the bowlers setting plans for the Aussie batsmen.
Roach said the coach had been instrumental in helping set those plans, and went further to credit the former West Indies fast bowler for his success in the current tour.
“(GIbson) really is a good bowling coach. I enjoy working with him a lot. He is a great great coach, and I’ll be working hard for him,” Roach said.
“I would like to thank him for the success I’ve been getting in the series so far, and I want to keep working for him in the rest of my career, hopefully,” added the pacer.
The match looks to be headed for a draw, with Australia leading by 127, after rain stopped play with the visitors 73 for three inn their second innings.
But Roach said West Indies are hoping they can steal an upset victory.
“We look to win every game,” he stated. “That’s our mentality, so we’re going to come out tomorrow (Thursday), whatever we do, we’re going to do it positive.”
He also paid tribute to the late great West Indies pacer Malcolm Marshall, who would have celebrated his 54th birthday today (Wednesday), saying Marshall was one of the bowlers he most wished to emulate.
Roach also revealed that he took particular pleasure in the delivery that tailed back in to bowl Shane Watson for a duck.
“It was a good sight. I really enjoyed that one. Shane Watson is also a great batsman. I rate him a lot, and to get him on that wicket is a good achievement.”