We Have Momentum & Confidence - Gibson
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson says that his side's excellent 10-wicket win over New Zealand in Trindiad has given them both momentum and confidence heading into the decider at Barbados.
West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Barbados
West Indies (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain/wicket-keeper), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor
New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson
The home side bounced back from a 186-run defeat in the opening Test in Jamaica to produce a vastly improved all-round display and level the series.
Kraigg Brathwaite stroked a maiden century, Darren Bravo also reached three figures and the wickets were shared among the bowlers as New Zealand were outplayed.
"To win by 10 wickets was brilliant and we are looking forward to the next Test match and five intense days of Test cricket," Gibson said.
"That victory, the way it was achieved, has given us momentum and you know momentum is a big thing in sports. It has also given us confidence," he added.
Gibson was especially pleased with the brand of cricket his team produced in Port-of-Spain.
"I think the Test cricket that we played in Trinidad, that is the sort of Test cricket that we want to play.
"Obviously the opposition is not going to allow you to play that sort of cricket all the time but that’s the cricket we want to play and that’s what we will set out to do.
"After Jamaica we were obviously very disappointed with how we performed, and we sat and spoke about the response that was needed and it was good to see them respond."
And while Brathwaite, Bravo and Chris Gayle's quickfire half-century on the final day earned plenty of plaudits, Gibson was just as impressed with how debutant Jermaine Blackwood played in his first Test.
"Kraigg Brathwaite got a very good maiden Test hundred and Darren Bravo also played well for his century on home soil, the way Shiv (Chanderpaul) continues to play with assurance, and the way Kirk Edwards played in a positive manner, was great.
"The batsmen spent a lot of time at the wicket and made runs. Jermaine Blackwood has been making a lot of runs this year and we gave him an opportunity and he came in and played really positively and was a joy to see.
"At the end to see the way Chris Gayle went out with positive intent that sent a strong positive message to New Zealand.
"He played the way only he can and took the game by the scruff of the neck and took it away from them.
"That was great to see and gives us momentum heading into this match which will decide the series."
Gibson, a former fast bowler who played two Tests and 15 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies, did not leave the bowlers out when reflecting on the match in Trinidad.
"I thought the bowlers bowled well in Jamaica and we backed it up in Trinidad on a pitch where we had to work really hard.
"All in all it was a very good response and we’ve just got to move on now.
"It was a pitch on where we had to work very hard. Jerome Taylor has been a very good leader of our attack and everyone has confidence from the win in Trinidad and the ultimate goal is to win the series."
The West Indies have named an unchanged 14-man squad for the final Test, which gets underway tomorrow (26th June).
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