Series wins lift Gibson
KINGSTON – West Indies’ cricket coach Ottis Gibson says he is encouraged by the recent series wins against New Zealand in all three formats of the game.
Gibson said the wins against the Black Caps, which pulled West Indies out of the doldrums, were a source of encouragement.
“It feels very good, it feels sweet,” he declared. “To win two Test matches in a row is a good achievement, something we have not done in a while.
“If you look back at this series – the T20s and the One-Dayers and the Tests – you will have to agree that we dominated all three formats.”
The West Indies completed a clean sweep of the Digicel Test series beating New Zealand by six wickets in Jamaica after an emphatic nine-wicket win in Antigua.
Earlier, the West Indies easily won both matches in the Twenty20 series in Florida and followed up with a 4-1 result in the five-match One-Day series.
“It gives you the belief in what you’re doing to say, yes, actually you are on the right track,” said Gibson.
“This win certainly gives me the confidence in what I’m doing and the determination to keep doing it and press forward.”
The 2-0 Test series win was the West Indies’ first since they beat Bangladesh 1-0 away from home last October.
The last home series win was against England in 2009.
“I am very proud of Darren Sammy and the boys with the way they played in all three formats against New Zealand,” said team manager Richie Richardson.
“The hard work, the dedication, the sacrifice and the desire to improve have paid dividends.”
The WICB said the team “demonstrated steady improvement” and credited Gibson and Richardson for playing crucial roles in the development. (CMC)