Reaction to West Indies tour of New Zealand April 5, 2006

Powell says concentration the problem

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daren Powell: 'We have one good session and then the next session we are all over the place' © Getty Images
Daren Powell, the West Indies fast bowler, says the team needs to concentrate for three sessions in order to improve their Test performances.

He was speaking after returning to Jamaica following West Indies' latest debacle in New Zealand where they went down 2-0 in the Test series and 4-1 in the one-day Internationals.

"We are having sessions by sessions where [we are not playing well]," Powell said. "We have one good session and then the next session we are all over the place, but we have seen for the last 12 months where things are coming together and it is just for us to go out there to make, not a good session but three good sessions for the day and we'll pick up wickets."

West Indies came close to winning the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland after dismissing the hosts for moderate scores with intelligent bowling. However, chasing a target of 290 for victory, the West Indies were let down by mediocre batting and fell 27 runs short of their target.

Powell added: "We are creating chances and once you are doing that and putting teams under pressure we can dismiss them for a small total."

Jerome Taylor, the 21-year-old pace bowler, who made a comeback in the first Test after being out for almost three years because of injury, pulled a hamstring and was ruled out for the remainder of the series. Taylor said he was focused on getting back into shape and would be doing some bowling shortly to see how the injury reacted.

"At the moment I am pretty much okay. It's just for me to start doing some cricket skills again," he noted. "I've been running around and doing everything, but it's for me to start getting some bowling in and see how the hamstring will react to that sort of work."