Win over New Zealand a total team effort: Ottis Gibson

Ottis Gibson said before this match, our last win against New Zealand was way back in 1996. So, to come here and start the series with such a good result is pleasing AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

North Sound, Antigua: Jul 30, 2012

West Indies Coach Otis Gibson lauded his players for their commitment and hard work against New Zealand in the first Test and said the team’s emphatic win was the result of a “total team effort”.

The Windies registered a massive nine-wicket win over the Kiwis on Sunday. This was the West Indies first victory in 11 Tests against New Zealand.

“This win was a total team effort in every way. We did well in all departments. I’m happy for everyone involved. Before this match, our last win against New Zealand was way back in 1996. So, to come here and start the series with such a good result is pleasing. Everybody has the feel good factor – the players are smiling and the fans are happy. We are heading in the right direction and you can see the team is progressing. This is healthy. This is what we need,” Gibson said.

“We looked good in this match. Chris Gayle was dominant with the bat and led us in the first innings. It was good to see the way he batted with Powell and set the platform for us. Powell played well and grew as a player. Narine got the wickets for us in the first innings and today Roach showed what a class act he is with the ball.

“The way we executed our plans was one of the most pleasing aspects for me. With the ball we were patient when we had to and aggressive when we had to. An example of that was today when Roach bowled very well in the morning session to build the pressure and Ravi Rampaul was aggressive, and that also applied pressure on the batsmen. When we got the chance to push we had to be incisive and we did just that.

“We batted very well, led by that amazing opening stand between Gayle and Powell. That really set the tone for the innings. It was also good to see Fudadin get his first Test match half-century, Deonarine played really well and Sammy also got a good score to keep the momentum going. Once we put 500 runs on the board we realised we could win,” Gibson was quoted saying by newstrackindia.com.

The two teams will travel to Jamaica on Monday for the second and final Digicel Test match, which bowls off on Friday at Sabina Park.