Confidence is the key for Windies

ROSEAU, Dominica -- West Indies were find themselves in a battle to stay alive after the second day of the third Digicel Test against Australia 163 runs adrift, but all is not lost. Australia’s tail wagged to punish the hosts, recovering from 169-7 to reach 328 all out before the home side ended the day on 165-8.

It was a disappointing day for the colourful and cheering crowd which turned up at Windsor Park, who had hoped to see Darren Sammy’s young team push on from their promising work on Monday and make a bid to tie the three-Test series.

Despite the setback, Assistant Coach Toby Radford said that his inexperienced team were going to be given a chance to prove their potential.

“These are young guys, talented guys, who I think will have good careers and we've got to be patient with them,” he said.  “It’s not suicide for us. You learn, you come back and are stronger. Hopefully we can go to England and then perform there,” he said, looking ahead to the next action for West Indies.

Opening batsmen Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite have not been able to give their team solid starts with just one half-century stand between them in this series.
Brathwaite, who made his third consecutive “duck” on Tuesday, is just 19-year-old, however, and his partner is only three years his senior.

With Darren Bravo, 23, and Kieran Powell, 22, also in the line-up, 37-year-old Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is in his 140th Test match and now 48 runs away from 10,000 Test runs.

Radford said the West Indies coaching staff and management unit were working closely with Brathwaite, who made a half-century in the first Test and is considered one of the most exciting prospects in the Caribbean.

“You chat with him. You talk with him. You practice with him whenever you can and you remind him how good a player he is. He played very well in Barbados in that first innings,” he said.

“Today he got out in a similar fashion to how he got out in the second innings in Barbados, just hanging the bat a little bit, but again you back him.

“He’s a good player. He’s a young player. Our job as coaches is to keep his confidence high and work on any little issues as they come along. You’ve got to back your young players,” he added.

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 02:07