Seeram focusing on mental aspects of batsmanship
Jamaica Coach not taking Guyanese for granted
By Sean Devers
Bottom of the table Guyana and front runners and defending champions Jamaica go head-to-head from today at the Guyana National Stadium and both teams had their final practice sessions at the Providence facility yesterday.
Guyana’s new Coach Rabindranauth Seeram takes over the job with Guyana on four points from four consecutive outright defeats and said yesterday that he is focusing on the mental aspects of batsmanship since he feels there is plenty of talent in the young Guyana team.
“We have a very young team and the problem to me has been more mental than anything else. Most of the guys have got starts but none have not been able to score a century. Our batting is letting us down and we need to be more consistent. My focus in the nets is to get them to understand they have to bat long and spend time in the middle,” Seeram, the former Guyana first-class batsman explained yesterday.
He said the senior batsmen (Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin & Leon Johnson) have to ‘carry’ the younger batsmen if Guyana are to the really compete this season.
“Royston Crandon has also batted well but without the Test players, the three main batsmen have to bring the younger ones along. We have a lot of work to do but with our next four games at home, with the right attitude, I am confident that we will see improvement,” Seeram, who scored three centuries from 41 first-class games added.
Jamaica’s Coach Junior Bennett said that his team is confident of maintaining their lead on the points table adding that even without the West Indies players the strength of his side is its balance.
“We have a balanced side and we are not too concerned with the slow pitches and Guyana conditions since we have played here before and know what to expect,” Bennett disclosed.
The spin-trio of Odean Browne, Gavin Wallace and Nikita Miller has been Jamaica’s leading wicket takers this season and the pitch at Providence should assist the spinners.
However, despite Guyana’s wretched showing in their first four games, Bennett is not taking the South Americans for granted.
“Guyana has had their problems this season but they have some very good players in their side and we know they can come good at any time so we are not taking them for granted.
We plan to play tough cricket over the next few days to continue our good showing so far this season,” Bennett concluded.