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June 8, 2007
Daren Ganga, the West Indies captain, was pleased with his side's on-field performance after the first day's play in Manchester as West Indies showed signs of revival after their record loss in the second Test at Headingley.
"I think it was a good day for us. We showed our competitiveness throughout the entire day," said Ganga. "The first hour wasn't too pleasant in terms of run scoring but we were able to hold things together and commit to what we set out to do and it was a whole team effort."
Ganga also welcomed the inclusion of the fast but wayward Fidel Edwards by saying that the "attack lacked a bit of penetration and more variety was something that you were going to see in this Test match. Fidel is that type of bowler, if he can come and knock the tail over it will be a good innings work for him." The point was proven in the fiery spell to Paul Collingwood that probably caused a few bruises on his body.
Ganga did not forget the effort put in by the other two fast bowlers, Corey Collymore and Jerome Taylor. "Collymore is our most senior bowler and those are the things expected from Corey. He did exactly what was required. All the guys supported him with Taylor picking up two wickets. These are the sorts of things we need to inculcate more in our team with everyone contributing and being switched on and putting a performance forward for the common good of the team."
When reminded of Steve Harmison's record at Old Trafford and that the fragile West Indies batting line-up will be facing upto him soon, Ganga played it down by saying, "the guys are aware of his threat as a bowler but it's very important to send the right message to the opposition, it's a Test match. We are playing for our pride and playing to level the series so all the guys are geed up and it is very important for our competitiveness."
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