West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Barbados May 31, 2005

King warns West Indies against complacency

Cricinfo staff



Bennett King: has a reason to smile © Getty Images
Bennett King, the West Indies coach, has warned the team against complacency after their much-needed victory in the first Test against Pakistan in Barbados. West Indies' win by 276 runs was their first Test win since June 2004 against Bangladesh, and also their first victory over a team ranked above them in the ICC rankings since they beat Sri Lanka in 2003 in Jamaica.

"I don't think you can read a lot into one win," King was quoted as saying by The Trinidad Express, "but certainly it's something for our boys to gain some confidence and momentum from, and hopefully play a bit better come Jamaica."

King also remarked that the victory was a result of their hard work. "You look back over the South African series ... the public may not have felt it, but I felt we've been steadily improving. We've got a long way to go."

However, King accepted that the win was against a weaker Pakistan side, who were without their captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik and Yousuf Youhana. "I certainly think that the group if they keep improving with their bowling can put Pakistan under pressure. On any given day you're just not sure what you're going to get from Pakistan, that's one of their characteristics as well."

West Indies will be without Fidel Edwards in the second Test in Jamaica, which starts on Friday, June 3. Edwards was the the main wicket-taker in Pakistan's first innings - he scalped 5 for 38 but bowled only eight balls in the second innings due to a hamstring injury.