West Indies in Australia 2009-10 November 16, 2009

Garner hits back at Dyson's comments

Cricinfo staff

Joel Garner, the manager of the West Indies team, has hit back at the comments of the former coach John Dyson, who said on the weekend that West Indies would struggle to match Australia in the upcoming Test series. Garner said the squad had moved on from the Dyson era, during which the side won three of 19 Tests.

"He was with us for about 18 months or so and I think that was more than adequate time if you did the job you were supposed to do in trying to get some sort of order or whatever was needed," Garner told AAP. "I'm not going to say too much about his tenure but we've moved on. We're looking to a different approach to how we did things and that is it."

Dyson was sacked in August and the team in Australia is now led by Garner and the coach David Williams. Garner was in the nets on Sunday, sending down a few short deliveries to Dwayne Bravo ahead of the four-day tour match against Queensland that begins in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The touring squad has plenty of new faces and the attack in particular lacks experience. The allrounder Bravo is the only member of the bowling unit who has played a Test in Australia and Garner hoped the attack would retain their composure in the unfamiliar conditions.

"I'm hoping that they settle down fairly quickly and are disciplined, and if they are disciplined I don't think they will have any problems," he said. "I think most of the time you get into trouble as bowlers is when you start experimenting."

West Indies are expected to choose a full-strength side to take on Queensland as the recent player strike has starved several of their key men of time on the field. The uncapped opener Adrian Barath, 19, will open the batting with Chris Gayle.

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