India A in the West Indies 2012 June 15, 2012

West Indies A's progress impresses coach Springer

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies A coach Hendy Springer has said that he is pleased by the commitment shown by his team to beat India A convincingly in Kingstown, St Vincent. West Indies A had bounced back from an unlikely two-wicket defeat in the first unofficial Test in Bridgetown, Barbados, to take the second game by 125 runs.

"I am seeing improvement. I am seeing commitment. I am seeing hard work. We have a group of young men who want to do well, who are enjoying their cricket and who are giving their all," a WICB release quoted Springer as saying. "Everyone understands what is required. This positive approach, the belief in each other, is paying off.

"We went from a situation where a few players seemed a little intimidated going into that first match, to a place where we came to within two wickets of victory, to the present situation, where we proved to everyone that we can perform and win at this level. We will have that same kind of belief going into the final match on Saturday."

Springer said his team's performance, when they bowled out the visitors for 94 in the second match, was made all the more impressive by the fact that they are less experienced than India A's line-up. "This Indian team [has a] top six who have done well at the first-class level, some of them have made triple-hundreds, so to bowl them out twice and for 94 in the second innings, is a huge boost. We are a much younger team, with far less experience at the first-class and international level, so every match is about learning - learning about ourselves and learning from the opposition as well."

The stars for West Indies in Kingstown were captain Veerasammy Permaul, who claimed nine wickets in the game with his left-arm spin, and left-arm quick Delorn Johnson who took a match haul of 8 for 62. The coach was impressed with both bowlers. "He [Johnson] bowled with pace and also got the ball to swing. He showed great control from over the wicket, and when he went around the wicket and got results. That match was a significant stepping stone in his development.

"The captain [Permaul] has also been doing a great job with the ball and also with the bat when required. He assessed the pitch in Kingstown very well and bowled with great control."

In the third unofficial Test, West Indies will be strengthened by the inclusion of Kieran Powell and Assad Fudadin - both batsmen have returned home following the conclusion of the senior team's Test series in England. India will have the option of playing fast bowler Parvinder Awana, who was earlier named a replacement for the injured RP Singh, but whose arrival in the West Indies was hampered by visa issues.

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  • Blythesville on June 17, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Few are talking about Colin Borde's deft managerial skills and getting the most out of these West Indian youngsters. I hope that his skill is recognized and he is handed the senior team.

  • Ashok on June 16, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @Tennyson: I saw Frenk Worrel with the SJOC team as well. He was the master of touch game like late cuts & leg glance. I also had the pleasure of watching Hall & Gilchrist in action. Gilchrist was the wild one who was sent home by Alexander for bowling a beamer at Singh. The team under Alexander was a great one with Sobers, Kanhai, Smith,Solomon, Butcher in the middle & Hunte opening the innings. Gibbs was the off spinner with rubber arm! But I saw a lot of Sobers, Kanhai, Roy Marshall & Gibbs in the English county cricket. Yes WI did have truly great batsmen once but now their main batsmen are Gayle, Chanderpal, Sarwan & Samuels. Even some of these guys are out of the team due to politics. Fortunatley IPL has given us the pleasure of watching at least 2 of them. However, the greatest WI cricketer I have watched & followed was Gary Sobers. No one else in the world in last 50 years comes even close to him - a complete package - 3 in one bowler, brilliant fielder & a batting genius!

  • Ashok on June 16, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I am surprised to see so many comments on the condition of the WI pitches in the India A Vs. WI A matches. The last years test matches between India & WI were televised. To me the WI pitches looked fine then. Bishoo was turning the leg spinners significantly. Apart from that I did not see anything damaging in these pitxhews even on the Day 5. WI do not paying much attention to the pitches because there were many complaints of ball keeping very low even from the Paceman Johnson. Indian batting coach has also stated about ball keeping low.Kingston pitch is helpful to the pace bowlers. Hence it is surprising even left handed spinners from Indian sice as well as WI took 6 wkts. each in an innings. Hopefully with Awana's late arrival, things will balance out. It would be nice if the WI adminstrator pay little more attention to the pitch so that it has an even bounce to let batsmen play their strokes & make it an even playing field. Good luck to both the teams.

  • P Subramani on June 16, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    I was not fortunate to see Walcott and Weekes, but I did get to see the great Frank Worrell in I think 1954 in Bombay when he was playing for the Commonwealth. I think they called themselves the SJOC. It was at the Brabourne Stadium. Quite apart from the three sixes he hit in one over off Vinoo Mankad, I recall his late cut played with the bat facing downward but the ball racing to the boundary.I think Ben Barnett was the captain.People who have followed the West Indies from early on will also remember the team that came in 1958 under Gerry Alexander. They had apart from Sobers and Smith who died in a car accident, Hall and Gilchrist. The latter an ill tempered chap who sometime later nearly stabbed a batsman who was making fun of him in the Lancashire league. I cannot believe that the West Indies have lost their way now. They have to get back to their glory days. A future team with Roach and Sprint Johnson Holder and Taylor may be what we need to wait for.

  • V.L on June 16, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    To be honest, these kind of pitches would make for very poor bowlers, as the bowlers would not have to do anything special to get wickets. It explains why they have consistently been a lowly ranked team despite some promising talent. They should make pitches that provide balance between bat and ball. It should not be a if you win the toss you have almost won the game scenario!

  • Sree on June 16, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I would not be surprised at all if India A come charging hard at WI. This test is a make-or-break for several aspirants such as Abhinav Mukund, Rohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary and they will try and make a stand in this test. If India A win the toss and elect to bat and if any of the top 3 go on to get a 100, things can get dicey for the Windies. Darekar has hardly played first class cricket and yet he got a 6-for and Parwinder Awana, if he plays can be a handful in helpful conditions.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I commend the team for great work ethics. The future in the pace bowling department looks very good for the senior team in the near future.They must be managed properly and paid handsomely if successful. Good fortunes to then.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Great performance from these bright & talented youngsters. One can see a few of them representing the West Indies, soon. Though I am an Indian and an Indian supporter, just can't resist congratulating these boys. Keep it up. Affectionately, from a 73 year old Indian, who used to admire W I Cricket from the days of the great 3 W's.

  • P Subramani on June 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    West Indies was carved out for calypso and cricket. They will be champions again despite them having been out of the scene in the last few years when others have been strutting about. They need a good captain though. One who has the all round brilliance, wisdom and dignity of Frank Worrell or the gum chewing belligerence of Viv Richards. With the talent at their command even now I cannot wait to see the senior team take shape. I hate to say it but it is time some of the seniors stepped aside The ones who have been in the news for the wrong reasons.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    great news as mr simon says just wait windies will leashout a handful and cricket will be back to its glorious days, just let us wait for permal,carter ,holder n delroy 2 mature

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