Gibson has high hopes for his three young tyros
Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies Head Coach Ottis is impressed by his three uncapped players in the team which is heading to Sri Lanka later this week. Gibson, who has been with the Windies for eight months, has praised the work ethic of left-hander Darren Bravo, allrounder Andre Russell and wicket-keeper Devon Thomas.
All three will be on their first Test match tour. Both Bravo, 21, and Thomas, who turns 21 next week, made their ODI debuts in 2008, while the 22-year-old Russell, is yet to play at the international level.
“Russell is picked on bags and bags of potential. He’s come here and fitted in well. He is enjoying himself. He’s the kind of player who brings energy to the team and he’s a good, young player to work with ... a good listener and someone willing to do the hard work. My role at this stage is to try him to improve what he’s good at and look to learn a few new ideas as well,” Gibson said.
The Head Coach added: “Young Thomas is the same. He’s a little bit of a workaholic which is not a bad thing at all. Sometimes we have to tell him ‘that’s enough now’ and stuff like that, but I like his enthusiasm for the game. I hope that as he goes through his journey into international cricket, that doesn’t dwindle. The sky is the limit for him.”
On Bravo, Gibson noted: “He has had a taste of international cricket and has done pretty well. He too has a lot of potential and is a player we expect to do very well as we look at the future of West Indies cricket. He has been working hard in the nets and putting in a lot of work and I also expect good things from him as well.”
The West Indies team had a light day of training on Wednesday morning due to the state funeral for Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson. The squad will leave for Sri Lanka in two groups. The first group departs on Thursday evening and the second group on Friday night. The team will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning.
WEST INDIES SQUAD: Darren Sammy (Captain), Brendan Nash (Vice Captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Nelon Pascal, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas
TEAM MANAGEMENT UNIT: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Joel Garner (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant Coach), C.J Clark (Physiotherapist), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Philip Spooner (Media Relations Officer), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist), Courtney Browne (WICB Selector)
November 10-12: Warm-up match at SSC, Colombo
November 15-19: 1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle
November 23-27: 2nd Test at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
December 1-5: 3rd Test at Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy
December 9: 1st ODI at Suriyawewa Stadium, Hambantota
December 11: 2nd ODI at Suriyawewa Stadium, Hambantota
December 15: 3rd ODI at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
December 17: 4th ODI at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
December 19: 5th ODI at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
December 21: T20 International at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo