Estwick believes Windies cricketers can build on recent Test win

first_imgPOTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, (CMC) – Bowling coach Roddy Estwick believes West Indies can build on last week’s Test win over Pakistan and use it to create a new culture in the embattled Caribbean side.West Indies have endured a lean run of late in the longest format but broke out of their prolonged slump when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah.Estwick said the victory was more than just a triumph as it had served as a template of how West Indies ought to approach their cricket going forward.“What we’ve got to do is build on it. We’ve got to make sure that anybody coming into the side now would see a culture of hard work and discipline and once you can achieve that, [improvements will come],” Estwick pointed out.“[When players] come in, you don’t sit back, you’ve got to work hard and if you want to stay in the unit, you’ve got to be prepared to work hard and stay disciplined. West Indies cricket is very important to all of us and especially to the people of the Caribbean.“I know it’s only one game we’ve won but we’ve won because of hard work and proper planning. We’re trying to take the cricket to another level and once we continue to do that, we’ve got a greater chance of success.”The match was the only success for the Windies on tour after suffering 3-0 whitewashes in the Twenty20 and One-Day International series, and also losing the first two Tests of that three-match rubber.West Indies lost the opening Test in Dubai by 56 runs and the second in Abu Dhabi by 133 runs but despite this, Estwick said the side needed to take heart from the way they challenged Pakistan.“It should give you confidence. You’ve come to the UAE against the number two side in the world. Not a lot of teams have success here and we managed to push them in all three Test matches,” he noted.“Obviously it’s a young team but it should give them confidence and it should give them the belief that if they work hard and are prepared to be disciplined that you can reap the rewards.”He continued: “It shows that the hard work and fitness they are trying to implement into West Indies cricket is beginning to pay off and it’s a good sign that we came away with a win.“I thought we played reasonably well in the UAE. We still have a way to go but if we can keep that discipline and work ethic up, I’m sure we’ll be ok.”West Indies kicked off a one-week preparation camp here on Sunday as they tune up for the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe from November 14-27.last_img read more

Syracuse finishes ACC-Big Ten challenge with 5-1 loss to No. 24 Indiana

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Eight games into its season, situational hitting continues to plague Syracuse’s offense. The Orange had a runner reach base in six of the seven innings on Sunday, but scored just one run. No. 24 Indiana (9-0) defeated Syracuse (2-6), 5-1, as the Hoosiers delivered with timely hitting in the fifth and sixth innings to grow their lead. Syracuse left eight runners on base in total.SU head coach Shannon Doepking stressed entering the season that the Orange would need to focus more on hitting for power instead of stringing together multiple singles in one inning. So far this season, SU has 38 hits, and 26 of them have been singles. While IU took advantage of its chances, SU’s woes with runners in scoring position began from the opening inning, a continuing trend that has led to multiple early-season close losses, including three by just one run. With Alicia Hansen on second in the opening frame, Alexis Kaiser popped out to end the Syracuse half. In the second inning, Jessica Skladal went down swinging with runners on first and second. The lone Syracuse run came on a Bryce Holmgren single in the third inning, when an error allowed Hansen to score from third. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the game tied at one entering the fifth, the Hoosiers’ bats came alive. Camryn Woodall and Katie Lacefield launched back-to-back homers, giving IU a 3-1 lead. Doepking pulled Peyton Schnackenberg in favor of Sophie Dandola.The Orange had an immediate chance to answer in the bottom of the inning, but their lack of situational hitting proved costly. With Gabby Teran and Holmgren already on base, SU had just one out.A fielder’s choice by Kaiser and ground out from Alex Acevedo stranded two. The next inning, IU’s lead doubled. Two more unearned runs, on top of the unearned run from the second inning, doomed SU. The Orange finished the ACC-Big Ten challenge 1-3, and will travel to their next tournament, the Bubly Invitational in Gainesville, Florida, next weekend. Commentscenter_img Published on February 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more