Gibson 'embarrassed' by poor Windies effort

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was not soft-hearted in his assessment of his side's performance against New Zealand in the second Test, saying he gave the players what-for after their innings and 73-run loss.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was not soft-hearted in his assessment of his side's performance against New Zealand in the second Test, saying he gave the players what-for after their innings and 73-run loss.

The Kiwis removed 16 Windies wickets in one day in Wellington to wrap up the match on day three, as the visitors were all out for 193 and then 175 at the Basin Reserve. Gibson was distinctly unimpressed.

When asked what he said to the players after the defeat, Gibson said: "Embarrassed was mentioned. Lack of fight was mentioned. Those are things you don't want to be hearing too often in your dressing room.

"We haven't heard those things too often in our dressing room recently. We have played some pretty good cricket… but we come here and we are making it tough for ourselves.

"New Zealand are playing very well but we're not standing up to what they're offering. That's the disappointing thing."

The coach targeted the batting department as the prime concern, highlighting the lack of staying power by most of them, aside from Darren Bravo's double century in the first Test that saved them from another innings defeat.

Gibson added: "As a batting group we aren't riding out the good periods when New Zealand are on top. All it requires is a bit of application and someone to dig in, ride out that tough period then understand it will get a bit easier.

"We talk about getting bowlers into their second and third spells then capitalising but we are losing wickets often in first spells."

As for the bowling, Gibson said he didn't understand how his attack, seemingly quicker than the Kiwis, couldn't take the same advantage of green decks. He also said his bowlers were far too inconsistent.

He continued: "Any time you see a wicket with grass on like we have here, especially this one where the ball swung as well, of course you expect better from your attack when you win the toss and put the opposition in.

"Our bowlers are probably a little quicker than theirs and we have bowled a bit short. We have been inconsistent with everything we have done. As a bowling group we haven't stuck to plans for long enough.

"We know the guys can deliver because they've done it before for us. It's just getting them to do it consistently. That's the key word for the whole series."

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