'West Indies sick of losing' - Brendan Nash
Brendan Nash, the West Indies middle-order batsman, has said his team is desperate to end its losing run and turn things around for the Test series against South Africa that begins on Thursday. West Indies are yet to win a game on this tour, losing both Twenty20 internationals and being at the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing in the ODI series.
"We're sick of losing. We don't like losing. We don't enjoy it, but it is not something we can just turn around in one day," Nash told 103 FM ahead of the first Test in Trinidad. "It is going to be a slow process, but we're trying to do the right thing.
"Nobody wants to lose, we're doing what we can with the resources we have and the structures we have to try and turn things around."
Nash sought inspiration from West Indies' performance against England in Trinidad last year, when they held on to draw the final Test and win the series. Nash scored a century in that game, his first in international cricket, and has been in excellent form of late. He had a very successful tour of Bangladesh with West Indies A, being dismissed just once in the two four-day games, scoring 202 runs in the process, and notched up two half-centuries in three limited-overs matches.
"I hope everyone remembers the series last year against England. It came down to the last match. We were one up and we held on for a draw to win the series," he said. Hopefully the Trinis put their minds back to that and support us. That's what we needed at that time and that's what we need at this time.
"We haven't had the best of runs in the shorter format of the game. (Tests) are different and we showed some good signs against Australia at the end of last year, and this is the next Test series since then so hopefully the fans will come out and support us."
Nash also said training sessions for the teams have been interrupted by sporadic showers. "(Practice has been) a little bit disrupted" he said. "We've made the most of it and tried to get on the field [when] we could and get in the indoor nets."