Walsh says WI not short on talent

Fitzroy Prendergast , Staff Reporter

December 29, 1997

CRICKET: West Indies captain Courtney Walsh believes that the West Indies team which recently toured Pakistan did not lack talent. Asked if their opponents were more talented, Walsh in an interview with The Gleaner after arriving in the island yesterday said: ``no I don't think this is the case.

``I think the talent is there, I just think we probably did not show as much application as we should and we need a little bit of work on that,'' Walsh said.

The Caribbean men received their first whitewash since 1928, going down 3-0 to Pakistan in the three-match Test series.

Prior to that the West Indies made an early exit from the quadrangular one-day series which included South Africa and Sri Lanka, by losing all the games contested.

But Walsh said there were good signs on the tour despite the negatives. ``The negatives is the way we performed. We didn't perform up to standard. Obviously losing every game in Pakistan wasn't anything special...we just didn't play well.

``The positives was the batting of Sherwin Campbell, I thought. Carl Hooper's hundred in the last Test was also good. But definitely the consistency of Sherwin's batting was the highlight,'' Walsh said. The West Indies skipper also believes the team performed much better in Sharjah and offered an explanation for the team's change in fortunes in the Middle East.

``I think we approached that tournament with a little bit more focuss. It was a different condition and the guys seemed to have adapted a little better and so we played a much better game of cricket.''

The 34-year-old skipper remained optimistic about the team's chances against England next month. ``I am hoping that there will be a turn around in the team's performance and that the team does well. We had a bad, bad time in Pakistan, but hopefully we will learn from that experience and the guys will be more consistent with their performance because that was what we lacked in Pakistan,'' Walsh said.

England begins their four-month tour of the West Indies on January 16 when they take on Jamaica at Sabina Park over four days, after which they play the West Indies 'A' team between January 22-25. The first of five Test matches between the two teams will be played between January 29 to February 2.

Source: The Jamaica Gleaner

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