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We were kind of getting ready for NZ series: Gibson

The West Indian team is full of camaraderie and enthusiaam prior to their India tour, though by their own admission, preparation for Test cricket is a little less than desirable.

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2013 20:03 IST
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When done showing off his rippling muscles while cooling down after Tuesday's nets, Chris Gayle wore a shirt that had 'ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL' written on it. That was the West Indies' motto when they underwent a team-building process in Miami last week before flying to India.

"One team one goal is the focus of our team. There's a lot of camaraderie going around the team. There's a brand new stadium (in Miami) but the pitch wasn't prepared. We did manage to get some practice though.

"We had some fun on that tour but we also worked on our problems. We hope that shows when we get on the field," said coach Otis Gibson ahead of their three-day warmup match against UPCA on Thursday.

Gibson however admitted that preparation hasn't been ideal.

"We were kind of getting ready for the New Zealand series when this tour came. A lot of guys were playing around with the Champions League having just finished. We have been playing cricket, not red ball cricket though. We now have an opportunity here and are looking forward to getting back into the mode of red ball cricket," said Gibson.

West Indies have won their last six Tests, two each against against New Zealand and Zimbabwe at home and then two away to Bangladesh. But this series is a chance for them to get better rating points and move up the ICC Test rankings table.

Greater experience
West Indies captain Darren Sammy felt his team is more experienced than the one which lost 0-2 to India in 2011.

"That series we had a lot of young players. (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul was perhaps the only experienced batsman. We had Kirk Edwards, Kieron Powell and Darren Bravo but they had played only a handful Tests among themselves. We are looking to improve our performance from last series," said Sammy.

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