Windies A coach calls for consistency
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC):
Head coach Graeme West believes West Indies A have proven they have what is required to play at the highest level but has urged more consistency from the unit, in the wake of their series defeat to Sri Lanka last week.
West Indies A opened the three-match four-day "Test" series with a loss when they went down by seven wickets in Colombo but rebounded superbly in the second game in Pallekele to pull off a crushing 333-run victory.
However, they failed to keep their momentum and surrendered the series with a disappointing 138-run loss here in the final contest.
"Overall the guys did very well. To win the second game was a fantastic achievement, particularly the size of the victory against a side that was full of guys with Test match experience," West said.
"The disappointments would be just small periods of play where we made a few mistakes and certainly in the third and final game, we didn't really learn from the mistakes we made previously."
West Indies A got encouraging performances from left-hander Vishaul Singh who struck a excellent 161 in the second "Test", to finish the series with 324 runs at an average of 64.
Captain Shamarh Brooks was also among the runs, gathering a half-century in every game to finish with 249 runs at an average of nearly 50, while wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton narrowly missed out on a hundred with 99 in Pallekele.
West Indies A face the hosts in a three-match one-day series which bowled off yesterday. The game was halted prematurely by rain and will continue on today's reserve day.