Windies focussed on top fielding
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC - The West Indies cricket team has been seeking to perfect fielding as their continue preparation ahead of the first Group B match in the ICC World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka.
Players have been attending long sessions focusing on various fielding drills including, diving at backward point, hitting the stumps from mid-on and mid-off and catching.
Darren Sammy’s men open their campaign with a game against Australia on Saturday at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
“In T20 cricket fielding plays a massive part. The game changes quickly and if you can take that great diving catch or create the run outs… it’s the difference between winning and losing” said Assistant Coach Toby Radford.
“So we really want to get the guys as sharp as possible. When we left Barbados we really were peaking with our fielding, we just want to get back up to speed so I did a long session”.
The West Indies cricketers were taking a break from field training Wednesday but were expected to be involved in gym training. An intensive nine-day training camp in Barbados and warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have been part of their preparation as well.
Radford, a former Middlesex and Sussex batsman and head coach at Middlesex, says fielding positions have already been allocated.
“There is no question in twenty20 cricket in the earlier part you want your best fielders in the ring and then as the game goes on you want to get the quick ones on the boundary to save the fours and the twos” added Radford, who is the former Director of the Sagicor High Performance Centre.
“So I think we are at that stage now when we know who is going where at what stage. I think we are going to be right just by the end of the week we should be perfect”.
The Caribbean side, considered among the favorites, will Thursday and Friday focus on final preparations to meet their Australian opponents who they defeated when the two sides last met in a Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval in Barbados in April.