Woolmer blasts batsmen
Bridgetown, May 30:
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer blasted his batsmen after West Indies sealed a convincing 276-run win with more than a day to spare, calling the team’s first innings performance
“spineless.” Woolmer said the catalyst for the loss was Pakistan being bowled out for 144 in their first innings. “I thought we were spineless on that particular day with our batting,” he said. “It’s something we’ll address in the next few days.” Chasing a highly improbable, if not impossible target of 573 runs to win, Pakistan were dismissed for 296 in their second innings, despite a typically belligerent 122 from Afridi. Chris Gayle was the chief wrecker of the Pakistan innings, taking 5-91 off 18.3 overs, and Daren Powell snared 2-47. The result gave West Indies a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, and their first victory in a Test, since an innings and 99 runs win over Bangladesh at Kingston last June.
West Indies scored 345 in the first innings with Brian Lara scoring a century, and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, who was named the man of the match, scored a brilliant 153 not out in their second innings total of 371. “It’s not like the guys are out of form. They have been playing well,” added Woolmer. “It’s just that they got themselves out very stupidly. There seemed (to be) no spirit, no fight at the crease which is surprising really.” Woolmer acknowledged a dressing room incident involving two players, saying it may have deflated the team to an extent. The Pakistan media has reported that Afridi and captain Younis Khan argued heatedly on the Test’s first day, apparently because Afridi was upset about his placement in the batting order. “It was all over the Pakistan press, who made a mountain out of a molehill,” Woolmer said. “That might have affected them psychologically, but there is no excuse really to go out there and play the way they played.”