Trot­man urges thought­ful cricket from Pride

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos (CMC): HEAD COACH Em­mer­son Trot­man says Bar­ba­dos Pride are well pre­pared for the up­com­ing re­gional first class sea­son but will have to put a lot more thought into their game, if they are to have any chance at the ti­tle.

Speak­ing ahead of the open­ing game of the new sea­son start­ing next week, Trot­man said Pride were a tal­ented bunch but needed to be more “sit­u­a­tion-aware” in order to cap­i­talise on key mo­ments dur­ing games.

“We have to do a lot more think­ing. We’ve done it to a cer­tain ex­tent last year and we’ve just got to top it up a bit more,” Trot­man said.

“The guys have to get a bit more sit­u­a­tion aware­ness ... the think­ing power and also the right at­ti­tude and the men­tal­ity must be very, very strong. You have to have a good, strong men­tal­ity this year and even stronger than last year, and [I be­lieve] the guys will pull it off.”

Pride will be boosted by the re­turn of Test bats­men Ros­ton Chase and Jomel War­ri­can, both of whom were part of the re­cent se­ries against Pak­istan in the United Arab Emi­rates.

The 13-man squad, which will be led by all-rounder Kevin Stoute, also in­cludes outof-favour Test seamer Ke­mar Roach, West Indies A cap­tain Shamarh Brooks and ex­pe­ri­enced opener Omar Phillips who has played a cou­ple of Tests.

THINK­ING GAME

Trot­man, who is tak­ing over from Hen­der­son Springer who is on West Indies duty, said the bats­men also needed to play the think­ing game.

“I’ve been mainly fo­cussing on the side of it,” Trot­man said.

“I got the guys to do some think­ing in the nets for the last two and a half months and when it came down to the last week, I al­lowed the guys to bat in the nets and think for them­selves be­cause it is im­por­tant they bat­ting think for them­selves.”

Pride have found them­selves frus­trated in re­cent sea­sons, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars over the last two cam­paigns.

But Trot­man said the group had re­viewed their mis­takes and were in much bet­ter shape this sea­son to fi­nally break Jaguars’ strong­hold.

“I feel our chances are pretty good. We’ve been pre­par­ing for about the past three months and we’ve got lots of plans and as long as the guys ex­e­cute the plans prop­erly and think a lot and do what they do as pro­fes­sion­als, I see no rea­son why we can­not pull off the com­pe­ti­tion,” Trot­man pointed out.

“The guys are aware of the fact they have been run­ners up to Guyana on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions and the guys have done some home­work on that and they are well pre­pared, they’re fit, they’re or­gan­ised and they are dis­ci­plined, and I’m ex­pect­ing them to do very, very well this year.”

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