Coach seeks answers from weak Windies

Updated: 09 December 2007 16:07 IST

Australian coach John Dyson says he needs to sit down with the West Indian players and quickly discover why they are underachieving in world cricket.

Coach seeks answers from weak Windies
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Sydney:

Australian coach John Dyson says he needs to sit down with the West Indian players and quickly discover why they are underachieving in world cricket, reports said on Saturday.

The former Test opening batsman coach leaves here for the Caribbean on Monday to take up his appointment as the successor to compatriot Bennett King for one of the most challenging jobs in international cricket.

The West Indies have won just three of their past 40 Tests with their victories coming against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and a Pakistan side missing five leading players.

Dyson, the former Sri Lanka coach, says he is not sugar-coating the task of coaching a team currently ranked eighth in both Test and one-day cricket.

"Over the last 10 years, by anyone's standards, the West Indies have been playing some pretty average cricket," Dyson told Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

"When I was coach of Sri Lanka I followed their performances closely, and I felt it was a squad
underachieving.

"Certainly they should be higher up the ICC (rankings) table than they are now. At the moment, you would have to say that there is only one player in that squad who is playing up to their potential, and that is Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

"With the other guys, you look at them and think, 'He's a better player than what he's showing on the park.'

"I need to get there, sit down with the players and find out what is wrong."

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