Logie laments loss
… Says there are encouraging signs
By Ezra Stuart
Guyana Chronicle
April 14, 2003

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JOKINGLY asking for a honeymoon, new West Indies coach Gus Logie says that while he is disappointed at losing his first Test in charge of the team, there were encouraging signs from the Caribbean cricketers.

“Certainly we are disappointed at the end result but there were some very encouraging performances from day one…. I don’t think it will be such a big setback for the players,” Logie told reporters after the match.

“I think they (West Indies players) all recognise the areas where we fell down. If you look at the end-game in these situation, many players felt we never played with a complete squad,” Logie said in obvious reference to injuries to wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs and batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Logie listed the centuries by Chanderpaul, Daren Ganga and captain Brian Lara among the West Indian highlights as well as “the resolve Jacobs showed in the face of adversity” and the first innings bowling of Vasbert Drakes.

“There were quite a few pluses. We are trying to create an environment to make sure the players realise their true potential,” Logie said.

“We have set goals for ourselves obviously. We know it is not going to happen right away but we are quite confident that if we continue to work with the process that we are about, I have no doubt it won’t be too long before we see some positive outcomes,” Logie contended.

“There are always going to be negatives in terms of what’s happening in and around but we have no control over that,” Logie noted.

“We believe that we can improve. They are areas that we see that we can improve upon. Our consistency in our bowling is something that we need to work harder.

“What is one of the things we are trying not to do is make excuses. We knew all the things that were happening around us could affect us but we tried to put that behind us. We tried to be as positive as possible,” Logie remarked.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room has been very cohesive and that’s what we’re trying to build -- a cohesive unit where people respect each other, where people try to share with each other.

“At the end of the day, we are seeing that. We are seeing some sort of improvement and we are only hopeful that the players continue to buy into that.

“We know this defeat is a setback but I think at the end of the day, the players have realised we need to improve and we will,” an optimistic Logie said.

Logie, who has taken over coaching duties from Roger Harper, emphasised that the bowlers “put the ball in the right areas a bit more” by “adjusting the length and line”.

“The batsmen, they know once they get in, they know they got to stay in and produce the kind of partnerships that we need.

“We saw it happening in areas in the second innings where we had some big partnerships. We need to build bigger and longer ones and I think that’s where the players are going to be focusing on,” asserted Logie.

Despite having at least four batsmen lose their wickets to dubious umpiring decisions in the modest first innings total of 237, Logie said the team policy is not to apportion blame for losing.

“We are trying our best not to look for any excuses. We believe we had areas in the game where we felt we could’ve capitalised on. We made a few mistakes and we are going to work on that,” Logie said.

“I think you have to make players aware of what they have to do, what they have done wrong and certainly what they have to do in future,” added Logie.

“I think we want collective responsibility, not just a few people we want to read the Riot Act to at all.

“I think the team itself is going to be saying to each other, you have stepped up and that’s what we are looking for, people taking responsibility for each other, people trying to help each other and that’s what we are about at that point in time.”

The former West Indies vice-captain and middle-order batsman is confident the players will give him their support.

“I think respect has to be earned and I think over the years, I’ve had a lot of respect from the young players. I’ve worked with many of them before at different levels and I see no reason why we shouldn’t have that same respect now,” Logie reasoned.

Logie noted, “West Indies cricket means a lot to all of us and the players have certainly expressed a desire to strive for success and put in the necessary hard work.

“The work ethics of the players over the last few days have been encouraging. They are quite willing, they constantly come to team meetings…in every step of the way, they are taking ownership of what they have to do out there,” Logie said.

“They are learning as they go along and you can see from the young players,” Logie added.

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