Day of rain in Sri Lanka but Windies make wise use of time

Colombo, Sri Lanka – There was no play on the field today but there was still plenty of action in the West Indies camp as they prepare for the upcoming battle against Sri Lanka. The Windies were kept indoors on Thursday as the second day of their three-day match against the Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI was washed out but the management staff and the players hit the gym and the pool to put in some hard work.

Speaking on Thursday, Head Coach Ottis Gibson said the players used the time wisely ahead of the 1st Test match, which bowls off on Monday at the International Stadium in the southern city of Galle.

“There is nothing we can do about the rain. We understand that we have no control over the weather so we have to make the best use of the time we have,” Gibson said. He was speaking shortly after the team had a full gym session.

Heavy rain overnight left the SSC ground flooded. The rain continued into early morning and play on Friday is also in doubt in the side’s warm-up match for the three-match ERI Test Series.

 “We did not bat very well yesterday [Wednesday] but at least we got some batting in. It does not look as if we will get anymore play in this match so yesterday now becomes the only preparation we will have before the Test Series. So what that means is that the week-long camp we had in Barbados worked out very well for us ... we got a lot of work done,” Gibson added.

“Today we took care of the physical side of things and I’m very pleased with the way the players are working. If we can’t play we will go to the gym, go to the indoor nets, do our video analysis and take care of areas that are important at this level of international sport. The guys have to believe in themselves and believe in their ability as we go into the 1st Test. We just have to get on with it and get ourselves ready to face Sri Lanka.”

On Wednesday, the Windies made 176. Vice Captain Brendan Nash topscored with a patient 62, off 107 balls. He added 81 for the fourth wicket with fellow left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul, who made 33. Adrian Barath made 21 at the top of the order while Andre Russell looked at ease as he hit four boundaries in a run-a-ball 20.

Late in the evening the West Indies bowlers were fired up and collected three quick wickets as the President’s XI closed on 59-3. The wickets went to the new ball pair of Kemar Roach and Nelon Pascal; while skipper Darren Sammy grabbed the other in his first over. Play ended early due to rain and bad light.