West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day June 11, 2014

Batting was 'bitterly disappointing' - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Coach Gibson hits out at WI batting

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, pinned the responsibility for the 186-run defeat to New Zealand in the Kingston Test on the side's batsmen, saying the performances in the two innings on a flat track were "bitterly disappointing".

West Indies made 262 and 216 in the game and only two top-order batsmen made fifties. The home side conceded a lead of 246 in the first innings and Gibson pointed out that the first-innings failure was a key factor in the loss.

"Obviously, [I'm] very disappointed with the way we batted especially," Gibson said. "By all accounts, after the first day's play, we agreed in the dressing room afterwards that it was a flat pitch, so to have a batting performance like that over two innings is bitterly disappointing and something that we need to put right as quickly as possible.

"They have just go to occupy the crease and look at New Zealand, the way they went about it - making runs, starts, getting yourself in first, assessing the conditions, assessing the bowlers, scoring areas. We had five batsmen over two innings in our top six who made ducks and that puts your batting under pressure.

"First-innings runs have always been important. Any team that's going to win Test matches needs big first-innings runs. New Zealand showed that in the first innings, getting 500, and we didn't really respond. We needed to respond with a 450 or 500 score and take some more time and overs out of the game. We didn't do that. To get bowled out on that pitch in the second innings in 48 overs is very, very disappointing."

While the batting was a let-down, Gibson said he was pleased with the efforts of the front-line bowlers, who had all come into the match after significant time away from international cricket. Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach were battling injuries, while Shane Shillingford played his first Test since his suspension due to an illegal bowling action.

"I thought the bowlers worked really hard. We went in with only two fast bowlers and two world-class spinners," Gibson said. "When you look at workloads, I thought Jerome Taylor playing in his first Test after such a long time, stood up to that task very well and got better as the Test match went on. Kemar Roach, also, after a long layoff from injury and his shoulder surgery, got better as the Test match went on and bowled really well in the second innings as well.

"Taylor swung the new ball nicely and when he came back with the old ball, he was skillful and picked up wickets. Hopefully, he'll be fit and get through this Test series and, going forward, make us a stronger unit by being in the bowling attack."

While Shillingford finished with a match haul of 5 for 184, he had an impressive showing with the bat, slamming the second fastest Test fifty. Shillingford struck three fours and five sixes to bring up his fifty in 25 balls and, along with Sulieman Benn, nearly stretched the game into the fifth day.

"Growing up, I never used to be a bowler. I used to be a No. 3 batsman, playing under-19s, under-13s," Shillingford said. "The technique and all is still there, the way I like to strike the ball. My strength is to hit the ball straight. A lot of coaches, in terms of different teams, they see me bat and always tell me I will get runs. Even the Windward coach tells me that. So I am doing some work in the nets along with the assistant coach and staff on batting, and I'm glad it paid off today."

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  • ESPN on June 14, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Mr Gibson has failed to recognize that he is the one most responsible for the team's performance . He should take a look at the epl and see who is the one to go first. Berating your players in public is unacceptable. He is responsible for their presence on the team? If this is not the case, then he should aim his annoyance at the selectors, etc

  • Roy on June 14, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Putting a 40 year old Chanderpaul to bat at #3 is no solution, odds are it will have the opposite affect and the team will find it self struggling to make triple digits, currently he is doing great, and every player selected should be expected to carry his own weight.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    time for samuel,edwards little bravo be remove from the side bring on some new talent like blackwood,the guy is scoring runs why not give him a chance also carlos brathwaite should also get in there as the allrounder.west indies batting is so fragile these guys cant even bat out a full day.time for radical change.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    For all those that talking about age and to young.look if they are good enough and can make the cut.put them in I say.Drop chris gayle or move him down the order.Marlon one more game and if no result . drop him.the batting order needs a shake up.

  • Android on June 13, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    not having a lot of first class experience didn't stop valentine and ramadin from being called up to the English test did it? what the opposition don't know could hurt them and u all know the quality of first class cricket in the west indies. get these guys in and let them learn what is the standard that they must get to. And people leave chanders alone.. he should not have to protect his fellow professional international players

  • Basil on June 13, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    We've all said it. Chanderpaul has to bat higher. The young guys need to bat lower. A new guy coming into the team should be batting 5 or 6, not the pivotal top order positions. Powell is class but being thrust to face the new ball early in his career may ruin him. If Blackwood comes in where will they put him? Probably the pressure of 3 or 4, while Chanders and Samuels get shielded. Chanderpaul is a great player but can he do what's best for the team?

  • Derek on June 13, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Gibson is a confused man, just listen to his interview "Having Shoulder on his surgery..." I hope this isn't the manner in which he delivers directions to the players because the indecision and confusion shows in them not knowing when to commit. It may be just a coincidence but the longer players are around this coaching setup the worst their performances are. Monitor Taylor, Shillingford and Benn carefully for their performances to become that of Samuels, Powell and Bravo. I expect Samuels playing on his home ground to have a better command of his domain over everyone else except Taylor since Gayle is not that fortunate to play many domestic games these days. Those who pay attention to the armchair expert will consider dropping Samuels purely on the strength of him bagging a pair; the best of us cricketers are susceptible; it happens. Samuel's omission should be a result of him being out of form. If there is someone who can do better, then Samuels is out if no chance for redemption.

  • Jack on June 13, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Folks you cannot compare T20 cricket with test cricket. A much better comparison is FC cricket. Simmonds failed miserably in FC cricket this year. Are you replacing one poor performer by another? In the past WI was not afraid to be decisive. Weekes replace Headley. Kallicharran and Rowe were picked together when we were looking for one batsman. Haynes was picked after one good season. We need to get rid of Gayle, Samuels, Powell, Edwards and Bravo. Let the latter three sit and watch a while. Who was the best pace bowler on the Trinidad pitch this year. You guessed it, Matthew. Pick him! The only positive in keeping this old side is that Gibson would be kept away from the youngsters.

  • Joshua on June 13, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    I think we need to look the order a little differently. A problem with the WI order is that the more senior batsmen "hide" down the order only for the younger guys to be destroyed by the new ball.

    The great teams of the past had two genuine openers (good players of swing) followed by the two of the better experienced batsmen then two younger players who were early in their careers.

    By this logic a suggested lineup for WI could be like this:

    1)Powell 2)Brathwaite 3)Chanderpaul 4)Gayle 5)Lil Bravo 6)Blackwood 7)Ramdin 8)Roach 9)Taylor 10)Holder 11)Narine

    The "5th bowler" is missing but for now Gayle can be a second spinner on seaming wickets as long as his back holds up. Benn preferably or Benn can come in for Holder on turning wickets but not until WI locate a good seam bowling allrounder to support Roach and Taylor. I'm not a fan of Gayle opening these days so a technically sound opener who can bowl (preferably seam at 75 mph+) would definitely help.

  • CRIC on June 13, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Good point regarding the atmosphere tutorial...but I fear he may be waiting a long time if we don't sort ourselves out fast...

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