Newly-installed West Indies captain Daren Ganga told his struggling side Wednesday to focus on the “processes” of Test cricket if they want to reverse their poor form.
The dominant side in the world game throughout the 1980s, West Indies have won just one of their last 27 Tests and that was two years ago, against Pakistan in Barbados. And last time out, in the second Test against England, they lost by an innings and 283 runs at Headingley ñ their record innings defeat at this level.
That match, which left the West Indies 1-0 down in the four-Test series, also saw captain Ramnaresh Sarwan sustain a tour-ending shoulder injury.
Ganga, the vice-captain, has now been promoted to the top job and the 28-year-old Trinidad and Tobago skipper, speaking at Old Trafford where the third Test starts on Thursday (today), said: “It’s a huge honour and a challenge.
“The circumstances weren’t the best, it’s unfortunate our captain got injured at the start of the tour. My history of captaining my country, Trinidad and Tobago, is going to help me,” he added.
West Indies’ attack has failed to trouble England so far, the hosts scoring seven hundreds in the series to date and Ganga hinted that the likes of express quick Fidel Edwards could be recalled on what is a traditionally lively pitch.
“We know the track is very conducive for fast bowling, it’s got a lot of pace and bounce. We realise our bowling has lacked penetration and that is something we are going to take into consideration. All members of the touring party are under consideration barring Ravi Rampaul, who has a groin injury,” he explained.
Reflecting on the Headingley match, batsman Ganga, who averages just under 28 in Tests, said: “We didn’t deal with the English conditions well and we need to adapt better.
“We need to think about the process of partnerships, the process of bowling in partnerships and the process of creating chances for us to get 20 wickets. The series is not beyond us,” he added.
This West Indies side is widely regarded as the worst in living memory and with videos of their glory days often being screened on television and on giant screens at grounds during rain breaks, the current team have found themselves being continually compared to their illustrious predecessors.
But Ganga said several ex-players, including recently retired former captain Brian Lara, had been trying to help. “Brian spoke to us before the first Test. I had discussions with Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, Michael Holding and Ian Bishop. The former players giving their advice to the team, that’s very important. All the younger players need a role model and some guidance apart from the coaching staff,” he explained.
“It’s very difficult to compare eras in terms of players. We have a great legacy as a West Indian people, a West Indian team and we understand that as players but a lot more than that is necessary to move forward,” he added.More on:captain, Daren Ganga, england, Pakistan, Ramnaresh Sarwan, West Indies
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