New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd T20, Wellington January 15, 2014

Gibson happy with West Indies fight


West Indies coach Ottis Gibson took heart from the fight shown by his side despite coming up short in the final T20 against New Zealand in Wellington. The visitors are homeward bound after a dismal tour during which they could only register two wins.

"We thought 170 might have been a good score so you could probably argue that we were 10 runs short. [Denesh] Ramdin was outstanding. He played really well tonight for us," Gibson said. "You can work with 160 in T20 cricket and we tried. But you have to give credit to the way Ross [Taylor] played and then the way [Luke] Ronchi came in and took the game away from us. In the end, it's a little bit disappointing to lose but I'm pleased with the effort.

"They gave us a lesson in how to chase in this format. I think in the first game we played, they got a few too many runs and we didn't chase properly at all. We panicked and tonight the way Ross played, steadying the ship and then setting it up for somebody to come and play the way Ronchi did, he played a really good innings"

West Indies complicated their jobs by failing to convert as many as three opportunities on the field, including a botched attempt at running Taylor out when he was only 5. He added 34 more runs to his tally and was crucial in keeping the chase on track for New Zealand. "We dropped a few catches in the field also but then the guys picked themselves up," Gibson said. "In the night, the weather turned, the temperature dropped - pretty uncomfortable temperature for us"

Gibson believed his team will fare better at home against Ireland and England under familiar conditions after back-to-back disappointments on tours to India and New Zealand.

"I don't think all is lost. We are missing a lot of key players and there are players who will come in and strengthen us in the next couple of weeks," Gibson said. "I'm looking forward to the mini-series versus Ireland, England next month and of course, the T20 World Cup.

"We have lots of cricket to be played still. We'll see how [Chris] Gayle is doing and there's [Kemar] Roach and Ravi Rampaul to also come back. I'll have a look to see how [Kieron] Pollard is doing also and we can look forward from there."

He also referred to Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo as crucial absentees who would reinforce his unit once fit.

When asked if the revolving door of players used in the recent trips abroad destabilised his team, Gibson dismissed the notions as well as those suggesting his players were homesick for such a lengthy period of time.

"No, I don't want to get into that sort of stuff. There are some of us who have been here [on tour] longer than others and at the end of the day, this is what you sign up for. We knew it was going to be back-to-back tours and it was going to be tough. You get yourselves up for the big events. We gave guys time off so they can keep their batteries topped up," Gibson maintained.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Orlando on January 16, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Every post here is correct and obviously so. Any other cricket playing nation would have fired Gibson and retired or replace 4 or 5 of the players on these two disastrous tours but not WI. Our coach is proud and satisfied and supposedly so are his besses in WICBC. Fellow WI supporters until we make these people ACCOUNTABLE TO US this will not stop.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    For how many more years WI coach will remain happy with the performance?? And could not understand where was the performance......uffff

  • Amos on January 16, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    imagine, coachGibson is happy with his team' s performance. foolish! they played 5 tests,7 ODIs,3 T20 s they won 3ODIs and the head coach is proud of his guys? some thing is radically wrong. Will the WICB stand up and be counted? it is high time Mr President . We need to hear from you Sir Your ship is sinking Things are worse now under your short reign Please do something sooner than later

  • Android on January 16, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    yes mr. gibson. look forward to the mini series with Ireland. I am also looking forward to a different coach and a selection panel that makes sense. which one of our coaches or selectors ever gave us great memories. not relevant ? none of them could command respect from fans or players. change has to be coming gibson.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Ramadin plays 50 and it appears as if that effort is monumental. Ramadin has been playing test cricket for a long time and his run production when compared to other wicket keepers in the game as long as he has been, is found wanting. Ramdin's years in test cricket is much more than the amount of runs he compiled.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    I hope this tour is the last vacation that Gibson will get at the public expence. Gibson has hope from mediocrity! Gibson has seen improvement in mediocrity. By Gibson's standard , these players are playing well - he was an average player in his hey days. He could not be a permanent player on the W.I. team then, so this is an opportunity for Gibson to be a a permanent member in the W.I organisation. What he could not be in his playing days, he is going to be as a coach. It's going to be the same old same old - excuses , excuses. Its time to stop finding excuses and produce positive results, instead of taking consolations from negatives. Gibson must go or the fans should boycott the matches in the W.I. No other coach, appointed at this can do worse than Gibson.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    It is so insulting to hear a coach bellow his satisfaction with a loss. Not only with the loss of a match but a disastrous tour.What is the rational for keeping Powell on the bench and play four wicket keepers. Otis is an excuse for a coach. he has no management skill whatsoever and as to how he can keep his job is beyond imagination. He is a TOTAL FAILURE and should be fired.

  • Dominic on January 15, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    I cannot understand the selection. I am surprised the the ICC have not investigated West Indies Cricket. Something is definitely not right.

  • ilyas on January 15, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Happy with that? Happy with losing? Happy with the fielding? Happy with picking best and Walton over badree and Powell? Happy to be sacked, as that is what you should be after this disastrous tour!! But saying that there were some positives on this leg of the tour: Holder showed real quality but just needs a bit more pace and some fielders who can catch; ramdin is starting to look confident instead of timid and might finally justify his place as a proper batsman; dj bravo whose performances were of high quality but still has not realised when he should bowl; Miller who looks like he belongs at this level. The minuses - a lot but mainly too many fringe players not taking their chances, the fielding and most of all the selection policy which was plainly abysmal. The obsession with playing Best is unbelievable. Best tries hard but unfortunately lacks the skill to bowl two consecutive balls in the same spot. Picking the right players might have delivered different results.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    There are die-hard supporters who will continue no matter what, but it is sickening go hear management being satisfied are losing, but I am not surprise seeing what has transpired lately. Chanderpaul has 41.60 average after 268 ODIs ahead of any of the current players. Gayle is next at 37.52 in 255 ODIs. His fielding can't be any worse than we have seen in India and NZ. Walton have an average in both ODI and T20 of about 4.50 but is preferred to Powell. Only this team would think that dropping the most economical bowler in the previous game (Bardee), would increase your chances of winning. Dwayne Smith have been the most consistent scorer in T20 cricket this year but is overlooked. Ramdin and Edwards have been the most consistent score in the India / NZ tour but are not fixtures in the team. Let's pray that the new head honcho will find a suitable replacement for coach, and well as selection committee. How about Phil Simmons for coach.

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