West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 5th day

Ramdin slams WI's 'lazy attitude' on final morning

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June 20, 2014

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Mark Craig and BJ Watling added 99 for the ninth wicket, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 5th day, June 20, 2014
BJ Watling and Mark Craig frustrated West Indies for more than three hours © Associated Press
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Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies Test captain, has said that his players were lackadaisical and lacked hunger amid stiff resistance by the ninth-wicket pair of BJ Watling and Mark Craig in New Zealand's second innings in the Trinidad Test. Kemar Roach finally broke the partnership at the stroke of lunch on the final day, before Chris Gayle hit the joint second-fastest fifty for West Indies to bring up a ten-wicket win, West Indies' first following five losses and one draw.

"It was frustrating, having that lower order come and put some partnership there," Ramdin said. "They created some chances, we did not take them and at the end of the day, I think we were lackadaisical in the field. We were not hungry for the last couple of wickets there. And we came back this morning with a lazy attitude and it could have haunted us. But we came out on the better end in this match."

West Indies had lost the first Test in Kingston by 186 runs. Ramdin credited positive batting and disciplined bowling for the hosts levelling the series. "It was a fantastic victory in the end. It was a hard fought one as well. Our bowlers put in a lot of effort. Our batters did the job in the first innings, which is always good, trying to set up the match.

"Coming out of the Jamaica game, what we needed to put into this game was to attack their bowlers more, be confident, play our natural game. The batting has been coming along. Our confidence going into this Test match was a lot better than the one in Jamaica. We went out and played positive cricket, took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers.

"We bowled right areas. We were more patient. We tried to cut out the four-balls. On the first day, they were 80-odd for one or two wickets and we pulled it back tea time and then bowling them out having lost the toss, any captain will take that in a day's play."

West Indies posted 460 in their first innings to take a 239-run lead which proved decisive in the end. The total was made possible by contributions from young batsmen, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo making hundreds and Kirk Edwards and debutant Jermaine Blackwood scoring fifties. Ramdin said these were the players who would "take West Indies cricket forward."

"Jermaine Blackwood is an exciting young player. His name has been calling for the past couple of seasons in terms of runs at first-class level. They talk about application but when you go out and the manner in which he got his runs, he applied himself as well as played his shots throughout the innings. He surprised everyone, they did not know anything about him, and hopefully next game he can get a good score and go from strength to strength. You could see the energy that he brings to the team. Always enthusiastic, he wants to learn, he wants to go in every fielding position.

"Young Kraigg Brathwaite batted well for his century. Darren Bravo was short of runs but he came out in his home ground and he did well for himself. Kirk Edwards really took the attack to the opposition and tried to be on top them from ball one.

"Brathwaite is new to Test cricket in terms of matches. Young Bravo as well in terms of matches and Kirk Edwards, all those are young guys to take West Indies cricket forward and all have been doing well. Today we (also) saw the experience of Chris Gayle, who went out there and finished the game for us."

West Indies needed to chase 93, but were unable to start their second innings for more than an hour due to rain. When they did, Gayle belted six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 80 off 46. Ramdin said he had told Gayle to express himself in the middle.

"Chasing a small total is always tricky if you lose a couple of early wickets. The way Gayle plays I told him to go out there and enjoy himself and take the attack to the bowlers. He did what he had to do and finished them off. I have seen him in the past. In South Africa, he played (an aggressive) one. He was injured and came late to bat. This one was exciting. People had come out to support and they got some entertainment."

Going into the final Test in Barbados, Ramdin said that West Indies' catching needed to be much better if they wanted to take the series. Numerous chances went down in Port-of-Spain, especially in the slips. "Hopefully we can do some work in our slip cordon so that we can take those catches when they come on. It is frustrating to drop catches of those type of batters. They put on partnerships. Hopefully we will get it right come next game."

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Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

The captain has unwittingly indicted himself for the team's lax attitude on the field at the tail-end of NZ's second innings. He has the advantage of being behind the stumps meaning that he sees everything and everyone. He should be the one setting the tone. If Ramdin didn't, he should have chastised the slackers at the end of the fourth day's play. Let them know that as professionals, he expects better from them at all times. That this kind of nonchalant attitude could cost us matches in the future. Ramdin himself has much to learn regarding field placings, reading the game, his men as well as the opposition. Hear him chirping all the time from behind the wicket but it seems as if some of his men tune him out. Hoping that he's learning on the job and will get better each day and series until he becomes quite efficient as captain. Young 'Braff' is being groomed to take over the captaincy in 4-5 years once he establishes himself in the team. BTW, what is AB Barath up to these days?

Posted by   on (June 23, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Captain Ramdin and this team was just fantastic with this much needed win! It certainly set the pace for an exciting series. And yes Captain Ramdin was right in his admonishment of the down-trodden attitude of his players. The Captain's job is not easy ...and he must pull-up on lousy displays... Let's keep a positive team spirit boys!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

It's refreshing to win. Sometimes we just have to enjoy the moment.

Posted by roddybee on (June 23, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

@Jerry Simon The Kensington Oval pitch can be fast when needed ie when playing Trinidad. there have been 3 1st class matches played there this season and the pace bowlers have taken the wickets

Posted by   on (June 23, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Ramdin was terrible behind the stumps in this test, and not very creative as a captain. I don't think he'll last long in the role

Leadership! Accountability! Discipline! Ramdin has brought these three missing elements to the West Indies cricket. We should not speculate negatively about his future as captain. Everyone knows that captaincy affects other parts of your game. Let's give him a chance to make the adjustment as a keeper and tactician.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

@ Balbir B. I don't know how much cricket you have been watching in the Caribbean for the past 5 years. But even the Barbados wicket is now pathetically low and slow. Check Barbados team, spinners Benn and Nurse are now the leading bowlers, the fast bowlers, like the rest of the Caribbean, is just ordinary.The oval in B'dos is just holding on to past glory.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Semantics. We just finally batted properly... and Watling is good. Expect more and better in the third Test. You can see how this second test has deluded the Windies. So let's gear up and come strong and heavy in this decider Black Caps! This is what we have worked so hard for and towards. You can do this! Let it rip! If we win toss and bat first, we have to bat like we did in the first test and really apply ourselves. Drop Rutherford and we can play the following team and it is more than a match (if we execute) for the West Indies:

1/ Latham 2/ McCullum (c) 3/ Williamson 4/ Taylor 5/ Anderson 6/ Neesham 7/ Watling 8/ Southee 9/ Wagner / Craig 10/ Sodhi 11/ Boult

Even if NZ go with Craig and Sodhi (if it is a spinning pitch), it is the playing of B.Mac at opener and Corey Anderson in the line-up too as a consequence, that makes this the winning eleven. We only limit our prospects by not playing it. Corey's potential runs alone can erase Blackwood's potential runs, evening the field.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

WI have a few genuine pace bowlers like roach, best, taylor and gabriel. Problem is the wickets are dead for pace and suit the spinners. End result they hardly bowl. U don't bowl u don't develop as simple as that. Especially when u have a coach who hasn't played a test match. No team as produced as many quality fast bowlers as WI have (Australia might be the exception). So how come they couldn't find anyone other than him.

Posted by delboy on (June 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

In order for WI to get into the top 5 they have to be playing more than 2 or 3 test match series. Moving to the top 5 is also dependent on what those above and around you are doing. The WI going into a 3 test series have to win 3-0 not win one lose, one and draw one in order to catch the likes of India, SA, AUS and England. I cannot see the WI beating all these teams 3-0. In fact they cannot beat Sri Lanka or bangladesh 3-0.

Posted by delboy on (June 22, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Come on people WI have won a test match on a day which was a national holiday when the boys decided to drop a few catches and have NZ set a score which would guarantee the paying crowd some 'entertainment'. On a more serious side though, it should not have been that way; with application the match could have been over in day three. That would leave day 5 free for a hastily arranged bank holiday exhibition match between the Trinidad (including Simmons, Bravo and Narine) team against a combined WI & NZ XI.

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