Despite the state of the series, West Indies coach Andre Coley feels improved results are in touching distance. However, he says greater fitness and more skilful batting are needed if West Indies are to start winning again in international cricket.
With the prospect of a 5-0 whitewash facing his side as the Vitality T20 series concludes against England today, at the County Ground in Derby, Coley says those are two areas that need addressing. “Generally a lot has been said about fitness...but I think that has to be something that is ongoing,” Coley said in a pre-game virtual news conference, yesterday.
Speaking after Monday’s match, assistant coach Corey Collymore said of both the batting and the bowling: “I think we’re just not executing well enough. We made our plans, we trained for it but the evidence is there for all to see...The onus as a player is on you to execute the plans that you train for.”
Yesterday, Coley took up the matter of execution again when asked about what happens with the team after this series. The coach spoke of “building capacity around our batting.” He explained: “You have seen England has been able to put us under pressure because they are able to score straight and square as well, even though we have come up with plans to try to limit that.
And in reference to the bowlers he mentioned, “being specific and being able to bowl at different phases -- powerplay, middle and the back end...general skill levels.” He added: “We’re not far off. It is really going to be about creating that mindset and that encourages growth and reflection around what each player can actually add to their game at the moment. I think in another 12 months if we are able to do those things while continuing to improve our fitness, we could definitely be a lot more competitive.”
While that may be Coley’s hope for the future, he expects his batters to do better at the last time of asking today. “Opportunity is always the word that we use,” he said. “One more game offers that opportunity to actually take the learning from the previous games and be better.”
First ball is 1 p.m. (T&T time).
West Indies from: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Natasha McLean, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, LeeAnn Kirby, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Kaysia Schultz.