West Indies tour of India 2013-14 October 21, 2013

Opportunity to see where we are as a team - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies will begin their tour of India in November on the back of blanking their opposition in their last three Test series. But the achievement came against minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and prior to that a young New Zealand side in the process of a rebuild and coach Ottis Gibson views the two Tests against India could provide a measure of his team's current standing.

"This series against India gives us an opportunity to see where we are as a Test side," he said. "We've played some pretty good Test cricket, there's a lot that's been said about winning the last six [matches]. People have also spoken about the opposition [we faced] so the India tour gives us an opportunity to test ourselves against them. We are looking forward to that challenge and continue our winnings ways."

Though their last Test was in March, the players have had a busy calendar in limited-overs cricket, with the Champions Trophy, a tri-series featuring India and Sri Lanka, a limited-overs series against Pakistan, and the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League. Gibson said he would have preferred some additional Test match practice ahead of the tour.

"We have a week in India, but ideally, I would have the guys in the indoor school hitting balls and play a couple of practice matches because we've been off, especially in Test cricket, for a very long time. We haven't had the physical preparation but there's a lot of mental stuff we can do to make sure we're ready for the two games in India," he said.

In lieu of that, the West Indies Cricket Board has arranged a team-building tour of Miami, which is targeted at building better unity within the side and helping them acclimatise to mental challenges, especially while on the road. After completing the India tour, West Indies will visit New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s, returning home in February 2014.

"We'll have some sessions with the sports psychologist," Gibson said. "We'll do things other than cricket as we bond and become a stronger unit. It's a long tour, starting with India and then straight on to New Zealand and we'll only be back next year. It's new and the guys are looking forward to it."

Gibson is aware of the significance of the India tour, which features Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test following which he will retire from international cricket, but wants his side to concentrate on what they can do.

"We understand the importance of the two games, the significance of Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test, but we have to be focussed on our job, which is to get there and give India a good fight and if after five days of fierce competition it happens that we are on top, then so be it."

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  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    This series is very important sachin tedulkar retirement and same time Tagenarine Chanderpaul debut this series is very wonderful momement.

    Chanderpaul is very wonderful batsman and Tagenarine Chanderpauln last series 10 ,25,51,8 and 5 for one day match.

    Selectors decision is very important .

    Regards T.Vadivel Chennai. India.

  • Tyryll on October 23, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Will be a good series. WI is building a good test team. Just have to play Ind spinners well. With the flat beds should 1-0 with a draw. We just have to get 20 wickets. My XI Gayle,Powell,Lil Bravo,Kirk,Shiv,Samuels,Ramdin,Sammy,Roach,Shane,Best.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Jose Puliampatta.. this is not t20. Dwayne Smith can't replace anyone in the WI team with his test average.

  • Dean on October 22, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @gsing7, Check you facts the last series between the 2 teams in 2011 was not a clean sweep. The 3rd test was a tie so Ind only won the 3 match series 2 nil which does not constitute a clean sweep!

  • Carlton on October 22, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    I hope the series gets washed out as punishment for the way the BCCI is treating member countries.

  • gurinder on October 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    2-0 win by india is a mere formality. wi can win odd t20 in india vs india but like the last time they visited , it will be a clean sweep by india as wi cannot sustain pressure from talented indian cricketers for full 5 days. wish that rain stay away and india maul wi 2-0 to mark end to a remarkable career by little master. triple century in final game for sachin anybody?

  • Dinesh on October 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    well, this series will not be decided on grounds. This will be decided at selection panel meeting. Wait for Indian team to be declared for the series. If you see a 'fastest' Indian bowler with last name of Sharma and first name starting with an 'I', I will request Darren Sammy to start preparing his winning speech that very moment. Ok, in worst case WI can get is a draw. Because its possible that Pujara & Kohlis score big hundred, as they do on home soil, but how we will get 20 wickets?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    abyrao on (October 22, 2013, 4:15 GMT); Fully agree with you. If we lose, we know who is responsible. Even persistence, for the wrong reasons, is nothing but obstinacy. It should have some limit.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    If the WI have already announced the Test Team, I missed it. If so, my comments on their batting lineup are meaningless. In such a case, my apologies

  • Abhay on October 22, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    WI stand a better chance of winning, Tendulkar is going so it's emotional, dhoni isn't a great bat as he is in shorter format, apart from Kohli, Pujara and Dhawan the batting is brittle. Ashwin is bowling the worst that we have seen and stubborn Indian selectors will stick to worthless Ishant, WI can capitalize on all this.

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