Time For West Indies To Dig Deep - Richardson

Richie Richardson
Richie Richardson (left) says it is time for the West Indies to dig deep as they try to level the series in Hamilton
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Richie Richardson, the former West Indian captain and now team manager, says his side will have to dig deep and play to their potential if they are to win the third Test against New Zealand.

The series has been a difficult one for the tourists. They fought back after following on to draw in Dunedin before they were thrashed by an innings and 73 runs.

They will also be without off-spinner Shane Shillingford - their most successful bowler in 2013 - after he was suspended from bowling due to an illegal action.

But while Richardson admits that his absence is a disappointment, he knows that they can't dwell on it and need to prepare properly for tonight's third game in Hamilton.

"It has been a disappointment for us, but we realise it’s very important for us to focus on the Test match," Richardson said.

"We need to win this Test match. We may have not Shane available to us, but we need to win it for him. Also we have millions of supporters who continue to stand up for us - some of them over here in New Zealand and we want to bring them some good cheer.

"What’s happened, it’s sad, but you are playing the game at the highest level and the players cannot afford to head into the Test with too many things in the back of their minds. They have to focus on what is ahead of them - which is to win this Test."

Despite the crushing defeat in Wellington, where the West Indies showed little resistance in thece of excellent New Zealand bowling, Richardson maintains that there is a good feeling in the camp.

"The morale in the team is still very positive," he said. "The players are still in great spirits and we all know that we have to dig deep and work hard and win this Test.

"We have been doing a lot of normal things. The coach has been meeting with the players, individually and in groups, and we have been training hard. We know we are not playing to the best of our abilities and all we have got to do is dig deep, play as a unit, play to our potential and we can win this Test."

And Richardson, who played 86 Tests and 224 One-Day Internationals, has been passing on the benefit of his vast experience to the squad in his new role of team manager.

"The guys talk to me about things all the time," he said. "I speak to them one-on-one and offer a lot of motivational stuff.

"I’m not a coach and so I have to let the coaches do their jobs, but I have a good relationship with all of the players and from time-to-time we discuss various aspects of the game and how to be competitive at the highest level.

"I have had good responses from the players, they listen and I think we have a good thing going in the team."

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets