Windies must be will­ing to adapt, warns Springer

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

HARARE, Zim­babwe, (CMC): WEST IN­DIES coach Hendy Springer has urged his men to be adapt­able as they gear up for the chal­lenge of the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries against Zim­babwe and Sri Lanka start­ing to­mor­row morn­ing.

With the Caribbean side hav­ing not toured the African na­tion in nearly a decade, Springer said it was im­por­tant the side was men­tally pre­pared to face what­ever con­di­tions pre­sented them­selves.

“The pitches were pretty good [back then] for batting. I don’t know now if things have got­ten bet­ter or de­te­ri­o­rated, but we’ve got to [have] an open mind and to be able to ac­cept the con­di­tions and deal with the con­di­tions that will be pre­sented to us,” Springer warned.

“The last time we went there we won the one­day se­ries, but it’s a bit long now to say we can build on that mo­men­tum. The pitches in Zim­babwe and South Africa from my ex­pe­ri­ence are a lot sim­i­lar ... but we’ve got to meet head on what­ever con­fronts us.”

WEEK-LONG CAMP

West In­dies ar­rived here Satur­day fol­low­ing a week­long camp in Potchef­stroom, South Africa, where Springer said the side were able to rest fol­low­ing the tough tour of the United Arab Emi­rates, as well as also get their prepa­ra­tion on track.

With the prepa­ra­tion hav­ing gone ac­cord­ing to plan, Springer said it was now for West In­dies to fo­cus on ex­e­cut­ing their plans in the se­ries.

“The only thing left is to get our minds in the right place to ac­tu­ally per­form,” he pointed out.

“We’ve had the ben­e­fit of some good op­po­si­tion and the ben­e­fit of some good prac­tice bowlers. I think we’ve done re­ally well as far as prepa­ra­tion is con­cerned, and the only thing left again is to get our minds fo­cused on the job and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties we are charged with.”

West In­dies en­ter the se­ries on the backs of a 3-0 drub­bing in the se­ries against Pak­istan last month, and Springer said they were hop­ing for bet­ter for­tunes over the next cou­ple weeks.

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