THE West Indies have lost the series against England 2-1 and the English have shown themselves to be the far better team. The English simply switched gears on us and ran away with the last two matches.

Our boys lack consistency in Test cricket. We cannot get to the top with “one day good and another day off”.

Let us stop making excuses for poor performance but be real with our players. Those in charge need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan to deal with our lack of consistency.

Our players must want success badly and be prepared to make all the necessary sacrifices.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan

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