Toby Radford has called for more of the same from the West Indies as they prepare for the second and final Test match against Zimbabwe. The West Indies Assistant Coach lauded the team for their dominance over the visitors in all three formats of the game during the ongoing series. They won the One-Day Internationals 3-0 at the Grenada National Stadium; took the T20s 2-0 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground; and lead the two-match Test series 1-0, following a win at Kensington Oval.
“The camp is very confident but we never take anyone lightly. We beat them in Grenada in the One-Dayers, we followed up with the Twenty20 wins in Antigua and we won the first Test last week in Barbados so things are going the way we want it. We trained today as we normally do, which is very hard, and we will look to put together another good performance in the upcoming match later this week,” Radford said on Monday afternoon.
“Every game is important. We want to make sure the Zimbabweans don’t win a game on this tour. We want to send them home empty-handed. We have had a really good run in Test cricket this last year – we did well against New Zealand, we did really well in Bangladesh and we would like to follow that up with a complete sweep here as well.”
Radford, who joined the team a year ago, was speaking after Monday’s training session on a hot and humid morning at Windsor Park.
The three-day victory by nine wickets in Barbados was the fifth in a row for the West Indies. They will be looking for their sixth consecutive win – going back to August last year when they beat New Zealand in Antigua and Jamaica; and last November when they beat Bangladesh in Dhaka and Khulna.
“There is a lot of confidence in the team and there is a good combination of youth and experience in the squad. It is great to have the young and the senior players playing alongside each other. Any side we come up against we want to perform well. There is a real thirst among the players to keep improving and it’s nice to have a squad of players who want to work hard and put the right preparation in,” Radford said.
The second Test bowls off at Windsor Park on Wednesday at 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).