Windies face whitewash

West Indies captain Chris Gayle said that his team is giving ‘100 per cent and more’ against Australia in the second Test at Adelaide Oval.

It started last night local time but despite Gayle’s bravado, no one seriously believes it will be more than just another workout for the dominant Aussies after the way they destroyed the West Indies in the first Test in Brisbane last week.

Even with the return of middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan from a back strain the omens look bad.

Cayman’s technical director of cricket Theo Cuffy cannot see anything but a whitewash in the Test and One-Day international series Down Under for the West Indies.

‘I hope the rest of the series doesn’t go the same way as the Brisbane Test,’ he said. ‘We are definitely under prepared. We never seem to be prepared for any tournament we go into.

‘One low-key match in Australia before the first Test is not proper preparation. That seems to be the set-up now, you don’t get many practice games, whatever country you go to.

‘But I’m talking about preparation before we leave to go on the tour. People say because of how tight the schedules are we don’t have enough time to prepare, but that’s not true.

‘Australia, South Africa, India and England all prepare well before they go on trips. They spend at least a week together in training camp. We’re not doing that.

‘We just simply pick a team and they meet each other at the airport. And we expect to beat these international teams? No way! It’s not going to happen.

‘So we cannot continue to act as if we are winners any longer. We have to accept that we’re at the bottom of the heap and find a way to improve. We still don’t have a plan.

‘Julian Hunte (president of the West Indies Cricket Board) is still running this team like his little schoolboys team. We are the embarrassment of the cricketing world. On and off the field.’