Will miss Antigua Test April 3, 2004

Logie fumes as Devon Smith sidelined for three weeks

Wisdne Cricinfo staff



Devon Smith: not in the coach's good books © Getty Images

Devon Smith has been ruled out of the fourth Test in Antigua after a specialist told him that his fractured thumb would take three weeks to heal. But the circumstances which led to the injury have left Gus Logie, the West Indies coach, far from impressed.

Smith opted to go home to Grenada after the Jamaica Test, but rather than travel an hour to the excellent West Indies Academy just outside St George's, he decided to practise in a local net with Rawl Lewis, the Grenadian legspinner. It was during that session that he was struck on the thumb by Lewis.

"Smith should have been practising at the academy," Logie fumed. "He saved himself a journey of an hour by staying on the other side of the island. I can't understand why. He could have left earlier. It may be a slight inconvenience, but it's investing in your future. Now he could be out of the side for a while and that will cost him a lot more."

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