Windies aim to battle back

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson is hoping his team can battle back from “one bad hour” and stay alive in the ongoing second Digicel Test match against Australia at Queen’s Park Oval.

West Indies were cruising at 230-4 late on the third day on Tuesday when they then lost five quick wickets to end the day on 252-9, still 59 runs behind on first innings.

“The guys hung in. They played some pretty good cricket for the most part but it was just those little parts, that one bad hour, that we have to try and overcome,” Gibson said after the day’s play.

“We’ve got over a lot of hurdles to get to where we are at the moment to play some pretty competitive cricket but we just need to overcome those little situations where one bad hour is killing us.”

He said his players were making steady progress and had shown they could compete at test level though a combination of bad luck and batting lapses were costing them dearly.

“You can't cry over spilt milk, you’ve got to keep getting yourself up and keep going,” he said.  “It’s tough but the guys, credit to them they've kept coming back and they've been very competitive.”

Gibson said the turning point on Tuesday came when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (94) and Narsingh Deonarine (55) departed in quick succession after a 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

“When you get those big partnerships you have got to hope that the two guys in those partnerships can go big,” Gibson said.  “It would have been nice for Shiv to go on a get a hundred and still be there at the end because obviously he played fantastically well for us to get in the position we are in.”

West Indies lost last week’s first Digicel Test in Barbados after a second innings batting collapse but Gibson was hoping his team could turns things around.

“The Aussies chased 190 last week and won so who is to say we can't do that this week,” said Gibson.  “We just have to stay positive and make sure that whatever it is we're chasing we apply ourselves maybe a little bit better at the start of the innings than we did here in the first innings and the second innings in Barbados.”

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Wed, 04/18/2012 - 03:04