Head Coach Andre Coley emphasised the importance of the West Indies A workforce’s tour of South Africa in shaping and enhancing the depth of expertise within the longer codecs of cricket throughout the Caribbean.
The workforce, underneath the management of wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva, launched into their journey from Barbados on Tuesday. Throughout this tour, they may compete in three “Checks” in opposition to South Africa A between November 21 and December 8, with matches going down in Benoni, East London, and Bloemfontein.
Coley defined, “It is going to give us a possibility to spice up our red-ball alternatives outdoors of the Caribbean. Earlier this 12 months, we went to Bangladesh, and we did properly there, and now we’re going to one other a part of the world – South Africa.”
Insights about South Africa as a cricketing vacation spot
He continued, “It is going to give us a possibility to discover the model of cricket that we wish to play. Our subsequent worldwide project is in Australia, and 6 months after that, we go to England, so this A workforce is positioned to supply red-ball enjoying alternatives on the again of the just-concluded Super50 Cup.”
Coley, who additionally serves as the top coach of the West Indies senior Check aspect, has expertise accompanying Kraigg Brathwaite’s squad on their tour to South Africa final 12 months. He shared insights about South Africa as a cricketing vacation spot, saying, “The South Africans are a workforce that wish to play a selected manner, they usually at all times look to problem you, however they respect our gamers.”
He added, “The pitches have supplied tempo, have supplied bounce, so you’ll have pitches on which you’ll be able to belief the bounce. Gamers can, subsequently, specific themselves, whether or not they’re batting or bowling.”
Be taught to win over time
Whereas victories are the first objective of the tour, Coley emphasised different aims essential for the event of the West Indies squad, stating, “You be taught to win over time.” He emphasised the significance of key gamers performing properly with each bat and ball and constructing partnerships within the decrease order to boost batting choices.
Tevin Imlach was named vice-captain of the squad, which incorporates 5 gamers with senior Check expertise. Moreover, three gamers who made their first-class debuts this 12 months had been named within the squad.
Assistant coaches Jimmy Adams and Shaun Tait, each with vital cricketing expertise, will assist Coach Coley in the course of the tour.