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Team spirit keeps Windies momentum rolling

West Indies coach Roddy Estwick has revealed some of the secrets being used by the West Indies to help them achieve their dream of winning the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

Team spirit keeps Windies momentum rolling - Cricket News
West Indies coach Roddy Estwick has revealed some of the secrets being used by the West Indies to help them achieve their dream of winning the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
 
Estwick is supported at the tournament by assistant coach Stuart Williams – who played 31 Tests and 57 one-day internationals for West Indies – and legend Courtney Walsh, who is the team manager.
They have done their best to make the playing group happy and the performances have come, with Kraigg Brathwaite's side qualifying for the last eight of the ICC U19 World Cup thanks to successive wins against India, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe.
"We're doing everything in our power to keep the young minds from being distracted and from being homesick," Estwick said.
"The manager (Walsh) offered that everybody come to his room and have a five-minute chat on his phone to their families back home just to keep them refreshed. We try and monitor the situation and make sure they are happy.
"It's very important that they can speak to their families or whoever they want to speak to, to give them that word of encouragement or that word of advice to keep the spirits up."
And it is an approach that has been loved by the players.
"We can't ask for a better management team than what we have right now. It's a home away from home with them. We have a good team vibe going on at the moment," Beaton said.
Brathwaite – who has played nine Test matches and made a terrific 70 not out against Zimbabwe on Thursday - echoed his sentiments.
"They (management team) are really inspiring the boys," Brathwaite said.
"Mr Walsh especially, he is a legend. The fellas really look up at him and they go to him for advice. They are doing a good job and are really bringing some positive input into the team."
Estwick – who is on record as encouraging 'aggressive cricket' from his side – is insistent that his team enjoy playing each match.
This West Indian side – full of quick bowlers and aggressive batsmen – have a huge chance to win the ICC U19 World Cup for the first time ever.
If that does happen, you can be sure the approach of Estwick, Williams and Walsh was crucial in their success.
 

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