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West Indies coach blames second string players

Nelson (New Zealand): West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has blamed second string players for his side's poor results in recent times and accused them of not making use of the opportunities given to them.West Indies,
IANS January 07, 2014 11:47 IST
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Nelson (New Zealand): West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has blamed second string players for his side's poor results in recent times and accused them of not making use of the opportunities given to them.

West Indies, suffering from the loss of seven players through injury, lost to New Zealand by 58 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fourth One Day International (ODI) Saturday, reports CMC.

The defeat means that West Indies, after leading the ODIs 1-0, have slipped to 2-1 in the five-match series.

"We're missing around six players now. Gayle, Pollard, [Darren] Bravo, Samuels, Sammy, Ravi (Rampaul), Roach ," said Gibson.

"Basically, players are getting an opportunity that they wouldn't get if the above players were playing. And you have to say that these players are not taking the opportunities given to them."

Two of West Indies' top three batsmen were run out in the chase of 286, and the team never sufficiently recovered in Saturday's match.

The batsmen who were run out were replacements -- Chadwick Walton and Kirk Edwards -- brought in for injured players.