Gibson eyes move up ICC rankings on England tour
St John’s Antigua– West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson is eyeing a move up the ICC rankings for his team during the England tour of 2012.
Gibson said the tour will provide a chance for the Windies players to prove themselves as individuals and see how they measure up as a team against the game’s Number 1 Test-playing nation.
“The tour to England next year will present a good opportunity to play against the world champions. We played well against India earlier this year, and even though we didn’t win the series, we saw signs of development and players showed improvements. The last few times we went to England we didn’t do ourselves justice so this will be an opportunity to face them and see where we are as a team, as we continue to look to develop and make strides up the ICC rankings,” Gibson said.
The ECB today announced that the West Indies will play three Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 International when they tour England at the start of the English summer next year. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the schedule today, which shows the Windies due to arrive in the UK on May 2 and leaving on June 25.
The three Tests will be at Lord’s (May 17-21), Trent Bridge (May 25-29) and Edgbaston (June 7-11). The One Day Series bowls off at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 16, then moves to the Kia Oval in London on June 19 with the final match at Headingley Carnegie in Leeds on June 22. The Windies return to Trent Bridge for the T20 International on June 24 before closing off the tour.
“We have the tours to Bangladesh and India later this year and after that we have a break before we take on Australia at home. If we can start the year off with a good series against Australia then that will set-up the team really nicely for the tour to England,” Gibson continued.
Gibson added: “One of the good things we have on the tour is that we have two warm-up games and some practise days to get ourselves fully acclimatised to the conditions before we play the first Test at Lord’s. We need to give ourselves enough time to get used to the conditions so that is not a distraction before the real cricket starts.”
FULL TOUR SCHEDULE
May 2: West Indies arrive
May 5-7: vs Sussex at Hove
May 10-13: vs England Lions at Northampton
May 17-21: 1stTest Match at Lord’s
May 25-29: 2ndTest Match at Trent Bridge
June 2-3: vs Leicestershire at Grace Road
June 7-11: 3rd Test Match at Edgbaston
Wed 13 June 13: 50-over match v Middlesex at Lord’s
June 16: 1st One-Day International at Rose Bowl
Tue 19 June 19: 2nd One-Day International at Kia Oval (day/night)
June 22: 3rd One-Day International at Headingley Carnegie
June 24: T20 International at Trent Bridge
June 25: West Indies depart