West Indies looking for more improvement

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The West Indies players will be looking to put in another good performance when they face India in their final Group A match in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The match will be a day/night contest on Wednesday at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. First ball is 2.30 pm (8.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/7.30 am Jamaica Time).

The West Indies were listed as underdogs ahead of the tournament, but they have played two very good matches, bowling brilliantly in their five-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first match and losing to Australia by 50 runs after having the defending champions on 171-7 at one stage.

Captain Floyd Reifer said the players can be proud of their efforts so far but they will be looking for more improvement and another big effort when they face the Indians.

“We have played pretty well. The important thing for us is to know that we are improving. From the first game to this one we have gotten better, as a team and as individuals. Looking at the two games we’ve played, I entirely disagree with the suggestion. Against Pakistan if we had 40 more runs things could have been different and against Australia we were in the game into the 40th over. It’s been a great effort,” Reifer said.

The West Indies will have two more training sessions at the St David's School in Johannesburg before the next game on Wednesday and Reifer said the players will be looking to do more mental and physical preparation.

“As we play as a team, stick together and keep working hard, improving our skills, we will get better. We must show improvement, though. We still have more time to prepare and improve our skills and our mental attitude. Getting to international standards is all about the mental attitude,” the skipper added.

“We try to encourage the players to learn and learn fast. This is international cricket and not like domestic cricket we play back at home. We talk a lot. We talk through situations that are going to happen in the game and we ask the guys to improve, to talk cricket, to improve their all-round game - batting, bowling and fielding,” Reifer said.