Windies former revolutionary captain and batting icon Sir Vivian Isaac Richards is lamenting the Caribbean team’s poor cricket display in the recent field of play in New Zealand.
The West Indies received a sound piece of thrashing from New Zealand on their recent tour, losing the three-match Twenty20 International series, 2-0, as well as taking a shellacking by the same margin in the Test series.
The 68-year-old Richards was appalled at Windies’ fielding, describing it as “amateurish.”
“When you hear that you’re playing at that particular level, the catches that we are dropping are amateurish stuff because you cannot have a team that maybe cannot put bat to ball on a regular basis and continue to be dropping all those catches,” said Sir Viv, the only West Indies captain never to lose a Test series.
He also lamented the level of concentration among the batters.
Moreover, he was critical of how young Alzarri Joseph is being handled in the Windies bowling attack.
Sir Viv argued that Joseph, at times, should be allowed to bowl before the captain.
“I think sometimes he should even have the ball before Jason (Holder) because you can’t be having a young man like that at that particular stage and not using him,” posited Richards.
“So, I just don’t believe he’s being handled particularly right at this time.”
Joseph, 24, was one of the West Indies Under-19s heroes that won the 2016 ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh.
He made his international debut later that year and has so far taken 32 wickets from 13 Tests and 48 from 28 One-Day Internationals.
His recent exploits with the bat in New Zealand have prompted calls for him to take his batting more seriously as with practice, he could easily fit the role of an allrounder.
Joseph made a highest personal score of 86 in the Test on the New Zealand tour and was also one of the leading wicket-takers.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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