Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

New coach seeks answers from weak Windies

Australian coach John Dyson says he needs to sit down with the West Indian players and quickly discover why they are underachieving in world cricket, reports said on Saturday.

The former Test opening batsman coach leaves Sydney for the Caribbean on Monday to take up his appointment as the successor to compatriot Bennett King for one of the most challenging jobs in international cricket.

The West Indies have won just three of their past 40 Tests with their victories coming against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and a Pakistan side missing five leading players.

Dyson, the former Sri Lanka coach, says he is not sugar-coating the task of coaching a team currently ranked eighth in both Test and one-day cricket.

”Over the last 10 years, by anyone’s standards, the West Indies have been playing some pretty average cricket,” Dyson told Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

”When I was coach of Sri Lanka I followed their performances closely, and I felt it was a squad underachieving. Certainly they should be higher up the ICC [International Cricket Council rankings] table than they are now. At the moment, you would have to say that there is only one player in that squad who is playing up to their potential, and that is Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

”With the other guys, you look at them and think, ‘He’s a better player than what he’s showing on the park.’ I need to get there, sit down with the players and find out what is wrong.”

Dyson says he doesn’t expect a return to the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, but he will insist on personal accountability among the players.

”I’m not a big believer in putting the broom through a place upon arrival,” he said. ”And I don’t expect people to compare this West Indies squad with those of the 1970s and 1980s. What they did for international cricket was to introduce a form of professionalism and dedication never seen before.

”These guys have to develop their own personality and see what brand of cricket they can play. I haven’t spoken to Bennett King, but I have spoken to [stand-in coach] David Moore, and he felt the squad had more potential than what it has shown.

”I agree, and now it’s about finding a way of bringing that potential out. I don’t see it as the toughest challenge I’ve had, just a different one,” he said. ”Every coaching job in world cricket is difficult, with the exception of Australia.” — Sapa-AFP

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

DA’s egregious sexual harassment case finally begins

The party is accused of protecting a councillor, who’s also implicated in R1.2m graft

The ANC, DA and EFF ‘oblivious’ to climate crisis —...

The Climate Justice Charter Movement has critiqued the manifestos of the main parties contesting the local government elections and found them ‘shallow’

More top stories

Countries bear cross-border responsibility for harmful effects of climate change,...

The UN committee has been accused of ‘turning its back’ on the children who filed a groundbreaking legal complaint with it against five countries

Magashule files notice to have corruption charges dropped

Counsel for the suspended ANC secretary general tells court the former Free State premier falls outside category of who can be charged for corrupt activities

R1.5-billion in funding approved for riot-hit businesses

Agencies emphasise that speed is crucial to rescuing firms affected by July’s unrest

DA’s egregious sexual harassment case finally begins

The party is accused of protecting a councillor, who’s also implicated in R1.2m graft
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×