Gibson: Wi can Learn From England

  • Last Updated: May 29 2012, 16:20 BST

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has called on his side to learn from England after surrendering the Investec Test series with a game to spare.

Ottis Gibson: An admirer of England

The tourists are 2-0 down in the three-match contest after losing by nine wickets at Trent Bridge and will have to improve their performance markedly to avoid a whitewash at Edgbaston next month.

The tourists have impressed in individual sessions so far but have collapsed at key moments.

Gibson, who is battling against limited resources and a handful of significant absentees due to the Indian Premier League, believes his charges can learn from watching their opponents.

"I think England are a very well-oiled machine," said Gibson, who was England's fast bowling coach before taking the Windies job.

"They all know their individual roles. They've always been a very tight-knit bunch, even when I was there. They know what they can expect from the guy next to them and they go out and deliver.

"You look at the amount of good balls we have to bowl to get their wickets compared to how they get our wickets and it's there for everybody to see.

"It's what I tell our young guys: 'this what you have to learn. When you are standing in the field, this is part of your learning, watching these guys and learning from them'.

"It's not about admiring the good shots they play but watching how they go about building an innings, how they leave balls in the first hour and how they start after lunch.

"This is something that plagues us. We have a good session, we have a break and then as soon as the break ends we lose a wicket."

One of the major problems affecting Gibson's side is their faltering top order, with Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo all looking out of their depth this summer.

With IPL reinforcements not expected until the limited-overs series, Gibson knows there is only so much he can do in terms of personnel and is banking on them finding some form in a two-day warm-up match against Leicestershire starting on June 2.

"The obvious answer is we've got a two-day game at Leicester and we continue to give the guys all the opportunities they need to regain their confidence," he said. "The top order needs more time in the middle it seems.

"It's not a technical thing. It's being able to repeat your skill over and over again.

"That's what the top teams in the world do. They test your technique, they test your character, they test your mental strength and perhaps that's where we are falling short."