West Indies Coach slams careless batsmen
West Indies Coach Ottis Gibson has expressed disappointing views saying that he was not satisfied with the way West Indies batted on the opening day of the third and final test against South Africa on Saturday, June 26th, 2010.
Gibson said that the uncommitted approach of the batsmen resulted in his side being bowled out for a modest 231 in their first innings, after they elected to bat on a hard, true Kensington Oval pitch. South Africa, in reply were 46-2 at stumps after their attack, led by Johan Botha while Dale Steyn had inflicted most of the damage.
Off-spinner Botha was the most successful proteas bowler with four wickets for 56 runs from 19.5 overs, as West Indies, electing to bat, were dismissed about 40 minutes before the scheduled close. Steyn supported with three for 37 from 13 overs, and Jacques Kallis took two for 36 from 12.
Gibson noted that the careless batting ruined his side’s plans to occupy the crease long enough, and allow spinners Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford to benefit from an aging pitch, so the home team could challenge for a win.
South Africa lead the three-test series 1-0, after they won the first test by 163 runs inside four days at queen’s park oval in Trinidad, and the second test was drawn at Warner Park in St. Kitts.