Gibson confident of success in Trinidad

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson feels confident ahead of the third and deciding Test against New Zealand in Barbados, given his side's 10-wicket win in Trinidad to level the series convincingly.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson feels confident ahead of the third and deciding Test against New Zealand in Barbados, given his side's 10-wicket win in Trinidad to level the series convincingly.

The Kiwis won the first Test by 186 runs in Jamaica, but the Windies came out firing in Port of Spain, and needed just 93 runs to win in the second innings. They defied the rain and won with a neat set of tons in the bank.

Gibson said ahead of the third Test: "To win by 10 wickets was brilliant and we are looking forward to the next Test match and five intense days of Test cricket.

"That victory, the way it was achieved, has given us momentum and you know momentum is a big thing in sports. It has also given us confidence.

"I think the Test cricket that we played in Trinidad, that is the sort of Test cricket that we want to play.

"Obviously the opposition is not going to allow you to play that sort of cricket all the time but that's the cricket we want to play and that's what we will set out to do.

"After Jamaica we were obviously very disappointed with how we performed, and we sat and spoke about the response that was needed and it was good to see them respond."

Gibson was especially pleased with debutant Jermaine Blackwood's efforts with the bat, as well as opener Chris Gayle's return to form with a 46-ball 80 not out that won them the match.

The coach added: "The batsmen spent a lot of time at the wicket and made runs. Jermaine Blackwood has been making a lot of runs this year and we gave him an opportunity and he came in and played really positively and was a joy to see.

"At the end to see the way Chris Gayle went out with positive intent that sent a strong positive message to New Zealand.

"He played the way only he can and took the game by the scruff of the neck and took it away from them. That was great to see and gives us momentum heading into this match which will decide the series."

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