Gibson Looks Ahead As The Digicel Series Reaches St Vincent
March 8th, 2010
A confident West Indies team arrived in St Vincent on Sunday afternoon
and had a three-hour training session at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex
on Monday. After the session Head Coach Ottis Gibson spoke to the
media and looked ahead to the upcoming matches against Zimbabwe
in the Digicel Series on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. First ball
on each day is 9:30 am (8:30 am Jamaica Time).
Ottis Gibson (right) and Sulieman Benn
during a fielding drill.
on the mood in the camp:
lost the first match of the One-Day Series and fought back to win
the second. I told the players that winning is never easy. They
will have to work hard and fight hard for victories. We have seen
signs that we are improving. If we keep doing that (improving) we
should be good in the matches to come. As a team going forward,
this series is very important to us, so this week we will be looking
to build more momentum … but ultimately the most important
things in the coming months will be the ICC T20 World Championship
at home and then the Digicel Series against South Africa.”
is good to have Dwayne Bravo back in the team. He has only just
come back and already you can feel the energy he brings to the team.
He is a very important player and already the players have perked
up with him around. He brings a lot of energy – he’s
an athletic fielder, very skilful bowler and can win a match for
you with the bat. He is a three-dimensional cricket – batting,
bowling and fielding – and certainly strengthens us as a team.”
Bravo gets his chance:
have not seen much of Darren, but I know a lot has been said about
him. I threw a few balls to him in the nets and he looks a very
good player. As I said before, this series is very important to
us and it is important that we give some players an opportunity
so we can see what they have in them. This week will be important
for him as a player.”
has been given more time:
Sarwan is very important to the team. He was with us in Guyana and
seeing around was very good. He had a serious injury with his back.
At the moment he could benefit from some more time to get fully
ready. I don’t want to rush him back too soon. The last thing
we want would be to rush him back and lose him for the long-term.
It is a pre-caution to allow him to get 100 percent ready for the
major international assignments we have later this year.”
Gayle (Captain), Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn, David Bernard, Darren
Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine,
Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar
Roach, Darren Sammy.
Joel Garner (Manager), Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), David Williams
(Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez
Charles (Strength and Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge
(Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Officer),
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist).