first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): Kieran Powell said West Indies were keen to put in a really big effort to win the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan, starting tomorrow at Windsor Park here. The Windies are eager to prove that their stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados was no flash in the pan, as they aim to win their first Test series in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years. “The guys are very happy about the performance in Barbados,” Powell told reporters on Sunday following a training session at the match venue. “The bowlers have been very consistent and they have been giving us an opportunity. Now it’s left for us – the batsmen – to put our hands up and put some good totals on the board, particularly in the first innings, so we can be far more competitive.” He added: “It does not happen often, so when West Indies are in town, we the fans should come out and support the team and encourage us to play some good, entertaining cricket. “It’s a Test match, so it would not be hurrah, hurrah. We expect it to be a long, hard graft over five days and we are hoping that we are the side that works harder and gets the positive result.” Powell has returned to the side for the series against the Pakistanis, starting with the preceding one-day internationals, following a three-year, self-imposed exile. Prior his walking away, he had been clearly identified as the other half of the solution to the opening batting problem that had plagued the side. Things have not quite worked according to plan. Though Powell had gotten starts he has failed to carry on and the problem at the top of the order has been compounded by a lack of success for the typically reliable Kraigg Brathwaite. “Returning to the side has not been that difficult,” he said. “If you take a shark out of the water and put it back in, it will swim – so I am swimming. “There are some areas in my batting that I have identified with the batting coach that we are working on. “The video data analyst has provided some footage and we have been examining it. I have also spoken to some people – some former players – so that I can try to rectify it for this match.”last_img read more


first_imgJose Mourinho has called for Manchester United’s transfer chiefs to up their game in the final days of the market, claiming the Red Devils will face a ‘difficult season’ if they do not make more signings.Premier League champions Man City – who finished 19 points ahead of United last season – have added Riyad Mahrez to their ranks and hope to add an additional holding midfielder, while Liverpool’s signings of Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have added huge amount of depth to a side that reached the Champions League final.For Mourinho’s part, Brazilian midfielder Fred has come in alongside Portuguese youngster Diogo Dalot, while Lee Grant arrived to take up a position as the Old Trafford side’s third-choice keeper.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Still, United’s inability to sign a new centre-back – Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld seemingly topping the wishlist after a move for Yerry Mina failed – has left the Portuguese boss worried about the season ahead.Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “My CEO [Ed Woodward] has known what I want for quite a long time. He knows what I want.“I know that he tries his best for me. I still have a few days to wait to see what is going to happen.”When asked if he was indeed unhappy with the squad at his disposal the manager did not issue a denial, though he could not help having a dig at fierce rivals Liverpool’s transfer activity.“The other clubs that compete with us, they are really strong, or they already have fantastic teams and squads like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City… or they are investing massively, like, for example, Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.“So if we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”Manchester United’s Premier League campaign kicks off against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.last_img read more