The Problematic Decision-making of WI coach Andre Coley and the Struggle for Intent

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West Indies coach Andre Coley says it has been a pretty steep learning curve for some of his batters against Australia’s attack, but he believes they are still in the game despite staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat on a challenging pitch in Adelaide. A spectacular century from Travis Head looms as the difference between the two sides as Australia posted a first-innings lead of 95. Shamar Joseph took five wickets on debut to put the hosts under extreme pressure. At one stage, Josh Hazlewood ripped through West Indies’ top order again to have them reeling at 19 for 4. Coley did not think the pitch was overly challenging for the batters and instead lamented his side’s decision-making despite showing good intent. Coley was not critical of his bowler’s decision-making to bowl short to Head earlier in the day. Coley said Shamar Joseph had delivered exactly what they expected after he had performed so well on the West Indies A tour of South Africa. He said the lack of fixtures coming up is concerning and will make it harder to keep players committed to red-ball cricket given the amount of franchise opportunities on offer.

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