Jamaica's coach Robert Haynes (second left) talks with fast bowlers during a training session at Sabina Park yesterday. - Junior Dowie
THERE IS still a lot of work to be done with just one day to go before Jamaica take on Guyana in the second round of the regional Busta Cup series at Sabina Park, according to coach Robert Haynes yesterday.
Jamaica, the Busta International Shield champions, could only manage four points from their game against the Windward Islands after losing first innings. However their opponents Guyana are without a point after losing outright to Barbados.
Despite this, Haynes is concerned about all three areas of the team game going into tomorrow's second round encounter.
"We need to get all three departments going (batting, bowling and fielding) on target," Haynes said.
"The wicket wasn't the best to practise on today (yesterday) so I cut the batting short, but come tomorrow (today) I know the groundsmen will give us a better wicket to practise on," he said of the Sabina Park pitch.
Haynes said he was relatively pleased with how some of the batsmen looked at training yesterday.
"They shaped up a lot better than how I saw them in Windward Islands and come Friday we just have to go out and play some good cricket," the coach added.
Jamaica will have a full squad to choose from with Bryan Murphy, who was injured against the Windwards, being passed fit by a doctor. Three other players, fast bowlers Dwight Mais and Jermaine Lawson and wicketkeeper/batsman Keith Hibbert were also passed fit.
Haynes said Guyana had a good team and the game would not be easy despite the homeground advantage.
"Guyana lost outright to Barbados but that doesn't mean that they are coming here to surrender to Jamaica, we have to go out and play some good cricket. If we want to win the game we have to analyse the wicket and the Guyanese players and take our catches and make runs, that's how we are going to win the game," Haynes said.
Guyana will be entering the game with a stronger bowling attack than the Jamaicans, Haynes pointed out.
"When we look at their bowling attack they have three Test players in fast bowler Reon King, left-arm spinner Neil McGarrell and legspinner Mahendra Nagamootoo and they also have Kevin Darlington who is a very useful medium pacer.
"They have a very balanced team, they lost the game to Barbados but they got over the 200 mark twice, Jamaica didn't, so we have to go out there and get them out under the 200 mark."