Windies players are not working hard enough, says Joel Garner

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Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner, who is currently associated with the West Indies as team manger, has said that the Windies players are talented but they are not working hard enough to achieve the level prevailing in international cricket.

“We’ve always had promising players, we’ve always had attractive players, the problems we have is that, most of the players are identified, I don’t think they work hard enough, and they fall away,” Garner said, in a media interaction on Tuesday. “I think that if the players are prepared to work as hard as they need to work, they can get to the top of world cricket as well.”

When asked the problems faced by the team and areas that needs improvement Garner said current lot of Windies players needs to bat for longer periods and spend time at the wicket. This problem has been faced by the West Indies side in the ongoing Test series against India where the batsmen, especially, have failed to perform.

“I think that the longer they spend in the middle, the easier the batting becomes,” he said. “And I think that is one area that I’d like to see improve, where you’d like to see the fellows batting long, not only batting long but batting effectively.

“If you look at it, partnerships are important in any cricket game. The reason we were able to save the game in Jamaica was we had batting partnerships virtually whole day. If you don’t get the partnerships, you won’t get the performances. It’s very important to take something away from the game in Jamaica, to look at how we prepare and how we can build on it.”

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