Gibson looking for West Indian resurgence in ODIs
The West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, wanted his side to use their success in the Twenty20 cricket to climb the ranking in ODI cricket.
West Indian coach Gibson is looking for ODI improvement
West Indies is now hanging at the no. 7 position in the ODI ranking. Gibson wanted an upward move after their series against Australia.
West Indies started their Australia tour on Tuesday at Canberra with a practice match against Prime Minister’s XI. Gibson will be in charge of the series including five ODIs and one Twenty20. It will be their first Twenty20 against a major team since their grabbing the title of Twenty20 World Cup in October 2012.
Gibson said that they were proud of what they had achieved in the tournament but that had not put any extra pressure on the team. He just hoped that their achievement would induce more people to come and watch their games. He put emphasis on improving ODI performance so that the team could place it among the other top ranking teams in the world.
Ramnaresh Sarwan made his way back to the West Indies team after a long time. Gibson welcomed this inclusion and described it as a ‘good mix’ of new and seasoned players. Before coming to Australia, West Indian players took preparation with the Caribbean Twenty20. Gibson appreciated it as all the players had chances to work on their game.
He called the match against the ‘Prime Minister’s XI’ as a good chance for having right practice for the ODI series, starting on Friday.
Darren Sammy, the West Indies skipper, also emphasized on the importance of having good preparation for the ODIs. He said that all the players had good practice back at home and hoped to get a great start there in Australia.
West Indies’ last ODI series was against Bangladesh in which they lost the series by 3-2. In less than 12 months ago, they played an ODI series against Australia at home in which they drew the series by 2-2.