Dyson: We must do better

Georges, Grenada West Indies head coach John Dyson has called for his players to show improvement in all departments as they seek to salvage some pride in the remaining matches of the Digicel One-Day Series against Australia.

The visitors have won the first three matches to take an unassailable lead in the five-match Digicel ODI series, following Sunday’s six-wicket win at the Grenada National Stadium. Shiv Chanderpaul was one of the few successes in the series.

Dyson said the Australians have shown more depth, but the West Indies still have something to play for. He also urged his players to improve their personal skills for the overall benefit of the team.

‘We are still working on a few skills that we need to develop and we are working on the strength of our squad. It is a tall order to expect a team ranked number eight to beat the team ranked number eight,’ Dyson said.

The teams moved on to St Kitts for the fourth and fifth Digicel ODIs on Friday and Sunday at Warner Park.

Looking ahead, the he said the aim was to get all the players up to full fitness as the team gets in gear for other international assignments in Canada and the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

‘What we are looking at is getting the players who are injured back to full fitness.

‘The series in Canada will definitely be used as preparation for the Champions Trophy. Once we get to Canada we will look to get the unit together fully for the Champions Trophy, so there is plenty of opportunity for players to work on their skills.’

Meanwhile, Nikita Miller has been rewarded for a strong domestic season with a belated call-up to the West Indies squad.

Miller was one of three uncapped players to be promoted to the 13-man group.

The left-arm spinner Miller was the leading wicket-taker during the first-class season with 42 victims and he has replaced Sulieman Benn, who struggled to have any impact in the opening ODIs. Kemar Roach, the fast bowler who made his Twenty20 international debut last month, has also been included along with the Jamaica batsman Shawn Findlay.

Patrick Browne was left out of the squad after failing to impress during his solitary outing in Grenada, while Kieron Pollard lost his position following a terrible shot selection that brought his dismissal in the second game. Jerome Taylor is injured.

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