England v West Indies, 4th Test, Chester-le-Street June 15, 2007

'We need to minimise errors' - Ganga

Cricinfo staff

Daren Ganga will need to lead from the front in the field when West Indies takes on England in the fourth and final Test at Chester-le-Street. © Getty Images
West Indies captain Daren Ganga admitted that his team's poor batting in the first innings and woeful fielding through the game had influenced the outcome of the third Test at Old Trafford.

Talking to journalists a day ahead of the final Test at Chester-le Street, Ganga indicated that the team's fielding needed to drastically improve. He said, "With the introduction of our new fielding coach - Julien Fountain - we have been working very hard as a team to improve but improvement will not happen overnight. It is something that we will continue working at and hopefully you will see a drastic improvement in this Test match."

On Darren Sammy's injury, Ganga said that an assessment would be made regarding his fitness for the Test. With the weather expected to disrupt the proceedings of the match, Ganga said such matters were out of their control. "We have the Headingley experience behind us so we are aware of what the English players can do in English conditions."

Ganga emphasised that the team needed to cut down on errors. "We are trying to limit the amount of mistakes that we are making over and over again. We're not accustomed to playing in seven degrees and the swinging ball in the Caribbean. It is important that we feed off one another; a lot of talk has been going around our dressing-room with regards to adapting and dealing with situations like this."

On whether Daren Powell would figure in the team, Ganga said, "Before the last Test match it was really tough leaving Daren Powell out. He was one of our better bowlers over the past year. Strong consideration will be given to him and the other bowlers."

Stating that the injured Ravi Rampaul would not be considered, Ganga said, "We lacked a bit of penetration in terms of getting 20 wickets. We were able to do that at Old Trafford, we actually created a lot more than 20 chances but we weren't able to hold on to all. It might be a four-day Test match [with weather likely to affect the game] but we don't know and these are things we have to factor in."