Coach hails Windies ‘A’ suc­cess

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): EAD COACH Graeme West be­lieves West Indies A’s re­sound­ing suc­cess in the one-day se­ries against Sri Lanka is tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of play­ers in the Caribbean first-class sys­tem, and a re­minder of the im­por­tance of play­ing more cricket out­side of the re­gion.

The one-day side white­washed the hosts 3-0, pro­duc­ing a se­ries of dom­i­nant bat­ting dis­plays to win ev­ery game com­pre­hen­sively and com­pen­sate for the four-day side’s 2-1 defeat in the pre­ced­ing un­of­fi­cial ‘Test’ se­ries.

West said once the de­vel­op­ment shown dur­ing the se­ries here con­tin­ued, the pool of play­ers from which the in­ter­na­tional squad was se­lected would be sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced.

“It goes to show they are a num­ber of play­ers that are emerg­ing from the first-class fran­chise sys­tem and they need to have op­por­tu­ni­ties to play over­seas, to play against qual­ity op­po­si­tion to kind of as­sess where they are at and also to de­velop their skills and broaden their range of method, in or­der to be able to sup­port the cur­rent play­ers that are in the se­nior team,” West said.

“If we can de­velop a stronger

Hpool of play­ers to sup­ple­ment what we cur­rently have, it starts to put a lit­tle bit more pres­sure on those play­ers who are cur­rently in po­si­tion [in the se­nior side], and when in­jury or loss of form come along, then there are more play­ers who are able to step up and per­form to a good level that will pro­duce pos­i­tive re­sults.”

West Indies A started im­pres­sively, rout­ing Sri Lanka A by 165 runs in Dam­bulla and fol­lowed up with a 109-run vic­tory in the sec­ond game in Karune­gala, af­ter pil­ing up a stun­ning 347 runs.

The vis­i­tors won a rain-hit con­test on Sun­day, pulling off an eight-run win un­der the Duck­worth-Lewis method, as they once again went past 300.

Opener Kyle Hope, cap­tain Ja­son Mo­hammed and An­dre McCarthy all man­aged hun­dreds, while the ex­cit­ing Rov­man Pow­ell slammed a pair of half-cen­turies.

“It was a great achieve­ment. In the three games we played, we had some out­stand­ing per­for­mances from many of the play­ers in the squad,” West said as he praised the side’s per­for­mance.

“Cer­tainly [in the fi­nal game], McCarthy com­ing into the team and scor­ing a fan­tas­tic hun­dred was one of the highlights, and it just goes to show the depth and qual­ity we had in our squad.”

Ja­son Mo­hammed

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