WI must learn to take chances – Adams
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):
West Indies' director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, believes the regional side failed to seize the critical moments on the just-concluded tour of England, costing them a valuable series win in the three-Test rubber.
Pointing to the batting collapse in the first innings of the second Test at Old Trafford, Adams said West Indies surrendered the momentum and then found it difficult to regain their footing, especially against a quality England side.
The former West Indies captain said going forward, it was now important the Caribbean side learned to capitalise on key moments during tours if they were to come away with winning results.
"We pushed the contest to a critical point which was the latter part of that first innings of the second Test," Adams said.
"So we've gone into battle and early in the battle England realise they have a fight on their hands and they dig in, and both teams spar to that critical point and ... England won that critical point.
"And I can say easily from experience, when you give a team that have the capacity they have a foot in the door, a lot of good teams don't give you a second chance [and] they didn't give us a second chance.
"It would've been great if we'd had the capacity at that critical point to have held onto the lead that we had by batting England out of that game [by] posting a near-400 total."
Having beaten England by four wickets in the opening game at Southampton, West Indies found themselves well placed on 242 for four in their first innings on the fourth day of the second Test, after rain had forced the abandonment of the third day.
But a stunning collapse saw the Windies lose their last six wickets for 45 runs and surrender a massive 182-run lead to England. Set an improbable target of 312 on the final day, West Indies collapsed to 198 all out in their second innings to plunge to a 113-run loss.
They were completely outplayed in the decisive third Test to lose by 269 runs, relinquishing their hold on the Wisden Trophy they had won a year earlier in the Caribbean.
Adams said that moment in the second Test was a learning curve, which West Indies would find useful in future series.