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Coach Estwick lauds U-19s


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Coach of the successful West Indies Under-19 cricket team Roddy Estwick has lauded the players for their outstanding performances in the just-concluded series against Australia Under-19s at the Global Cricket Academy in the United Arab Emirates.
The Young Windies, captained by Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite, outplayed the Aussies to earn a four-wicket victory in the three-day “Test” match, which ended on Monday, to follow their 2-1 triumph in the three-match One-Day series.
“This was a superb tour for these young men. They did all that was asked of them,” Estwick said.
“Throughout the series – in the three-day match and the three limited-overs matches – they showed great commitment and displayed their talent. It was a wonderful overall team effort.”
After losing the first One-Day match, the Caribbean youngsters rebounded to win the next two matches.
“That took character and determination. They also played a superb brand of cricket in the three-day match to register a comprehensive victory,” noted Estwick, a former Barbados fast bowler.
“Every time we found ourselves in a bit of trouble and needed a major performance, we got one. Someone always stepped up to do the job for the team and that was pleasing.
“We have some very mature players who handled the pressure very well – players who are willing to battle through tough situations.
“They all had the correct approach. It was great to watch,” he said.
Estwick, the long-standing cricket coach at Combermere School, said he was also pleased with the development of all the players, as they prepare for next year’s International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup in Australia.
“We didn’t just win the series. What was also very important to note was the fact that the players all adjusted to the foreign conditions and acquitted themselves very well.
“These were very positive signs and showed that we have players capable of performing well away from home.
“We are building a team as we look ahead to the World Cup next year. We have started our preparation and the players will get the chance to play in the regional Under-19 Tournament later this year to enhance their chances and impress the selectors,” he added.
The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) also commended the team.
WIPA president and CEO Dinanath Ramnarine said he was “pleased with the high level of skill, maturity and responsiveness to pressure displayed by the team”.
Ramnarine said WIPA is hopeful that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will continue to provide such competitive opportunities which will best serve the youngsters’ preparation for the 2012 Youth World Cup and stands ready to work with the WICB in whatever way it can to assist that process. (EZS/PR)


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