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Law demands all-round Windies improvements

7 decembrie 2017 12:26

West Indies must improve all aspects of their game if they are to level the Test series with New Zealand in Hamilton, according to head coach Stuart Law.

The tourists slumped to an innings and 67-run defeat in the opening match in Wellington, the Windies suffering costly batting collapses as New Zealand flourished.

Having been put in to bat Law's side were skittled for 134 in the first innings, losing all 10 wickets for 75 runs having been 59-0, Neil Wagner (7-39) ripping through their line-up with an inspired spell of pace bowling.

Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Blundell put the visitors to the sword in New Zealand's reply, and when asked to bat again the Windies came up short.

They made a solid start with Kraigg Brathwaite's 91 at the top of the order giving them a platform. However, 231-2 became 319 all out as wickets tumbled all too frequently – something Law is keen to eradicate.

"When we do happen to lose wickets, we tend to lose them in clumps," Law said ahead of the second and final Test getting under way at Seddon Park on Saturday.

"We talk about it quite often. We don't want to do that, obviously.

"We can get to 40s and 60s, but they don't win you games – 140s and 160s is where you want to be."

It was not just West Indies' batting display that disappointed Law in Wellington. Their bowling - which will be shorn of suspended captain Jason Holder in Hamilton - also lacked the hostility the Australian wanted.

"I'd like to see us being a little more aggressive," he added.

"We've got some good pace, we've got some quality swing and seam bowling. We've got to match their intensity, their passion and desire.

"If we can do that, and I am sure we can, we can give a great account of ourselves."

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