Talk is cheap! - Law reads Windies the riot act

December 25, 2017
West Indies coach Stuart Law (left) has a word with batsman Sunil Ambris during a recent training session in preparation for the team's current tour of New Zealand.
Jason Holder


Head coach Stuart Law has instructed his West Indies team to put up or shut up in the remaining matches they have on this tour.

Law was speaking after the Windies slumped to a 204-run defeat in the second One-day International against the New Zealanders at Hagley Oval.

West Indies trail 0-2 in the three-match series, after the Black Caps also won the first ODI two days earlier at Cobham Oval by five wickets.

The final ODI is on Boxing Day today also at Hagley Oval, and will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals against the same opponents starting this Thursday.

“There’s so much talent in this squad of people. I don’t think what we saw in the first two games is a fair indication of how well these guys can play.

People talk about poor execution, but if it’s the same dismissal over and over again it rivals lunacy.”

Law came down hard on his side, after this were bowled out for 121, chasing 325 for victory, as Windies suffered their heaviest defeat in ODIs against New Zealand.

“The batters know they made mistakes and we’re far better than what we showed,” he said. “Hitting balls into the wind, it’s not very smart, particularly when we spoke about it leading into the game.

“We were trying to get 300 in 25 overs, when we had 50 overs to get it. Our guys want to be positive and play an attractive brand, but you can’t be reckless with it. You’ve got to be smart in the way you go about it.”


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