Law: Focus will be on improvement
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):
Although winning the upcoming two-Test series against Zimbabwe will be vital, head coach Stuart Law said yesterday that continuing to make key improvements as a Test unit would be the overall objective.
The Australian said he had been impressed with the strides made on the recent tour of England - even though the Caribbean side lost the series 2-1 - and was hoping to see the squad display more of those qualities on the current tour.
West Indies have been installed as heavy favourites to sweep the series, having never lost a Test to the African nation in eight previous meetings.
"You can't focus on the end result. You've got to focus on the little steps you've got to make to get through [the game]," Law cautioned ahead of tomorrow's start of the opening Test at Queens Sports Club.
"We have targets, we have goals. I am sure the boys want to make sure they're giving themselves every opportunity to win every contest we go into.
"We just had a reasonable result in the UK - the second Test was outstanding. We lost the other two Tests but we started to show some fight. After that first Test, to come back the way we did was an outstanding effort."
Law said both the heavy defeat and the stunning win had been important to the team's development
"Now, it's just a matter of the boys putting what they learnt over there [in practise again]," he stressed.
"What happened over there at Edgbaston really creates a bit of mental toughness and I think we need to be that tough from ball one on Saturday. We need to ... hang in the contest for as long as we can and push towards what we need."