Big Bird backing Windies in Tests

Bridgetown, Barbados — Former West Indies fast bowling legend Joel Garner is backing the West Indies to do very well against Australia in the upcoming Digicel Test Series. The first Test bowls off on Saturday at Kensington Oval.

Garner, who is President of the Barbados Cricket Association and Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, delivered the feature address at the official launch of the Digicel Test Series at Kensington on Thursday afternoon. Garner, along with former West Indies players Lance Gibbs and Collis King were on hand for the unveiling of the Frank Worrell trophy.

“As we look ahead to what promises to be an exciting three weeks of Test cricket, it is fitting that the battle for the Frank Worrell Trophy bowls off here in Barbados, the homeland of Sir Frank Worrell, the Barbados and West Indies champion.

“I’m sure if he was still alive today, Sir Frank would be pleased with what he saw from the West Indies in the Digicel ODIs and T20s and, like other West Indians, he would encourage the team to keep fighting and battling hard.”

Garner, who was West Indies Team Manager between November 2009 and October 2010, said he expects the West Indies to do very well in the upcoming matches. He said the team was on its way up.

“I don’t believe Australia will have things their own way. They will have to fight to beat this West Indies team. I was Team Manager between 2009, when we last went Down Under and played our socks off, and 2010 when we went over to Sri Lanka and showed moments of brilliance. I can tell you as in insider, that the future will be bright. It will not happen overnight, but we are already seeing progress, the kind of progress which can make us a force once more,” Garner said.

“I was to send a note to the fans of West Indies cricket. It is no secret that we have been through some hard and trying times in West Indies cricket and it has brought some hurt to those who love this game. However, I want to encourage the fans to come out and give their full support to the team and to the game of cricket in general.”

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 15:15