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Windies call in sports shrink for help

Published: Saturday, December 9, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Adelaide: A former stick-fighting champion who won a bravery medal for saving people in a hurricane is on a new rescue mission - to help the West Indies cricket team out of its crippling form slump.Adelaide-based sports psychologist Joe Hoad will arrive in Hobart on Sunday to speak to the West Indies team during their four-day match against Australia 'A'.He will then travel with the team to Adelaide to continue his work before and during the third Test, which starts next Friday.Hoad, who played cricket for Barbados and was coach of Australia's table tennis team at the Sydney Paralympics said, he was approached by West Indies cricket officials for help following the team's disappointing tour so far."In my capacity as a sports psychologist, apparently the West Indies cricket team, the captain and the players, have asked that some person with my qualifications come and have a chat with them," Hoad told ABC radio.Hoad said the West Indies had displayed promise in the second Test against Australia in Perth and he expected to see an improvement in the tourists' performance."We've seen some excellent cricket from the West Indies in that second Test match but still the selection of shots to get out was less than Test standard so I know it's not going to take a lot for us to lift," he said."I went to the West Indies on three occasions and coached only last year and the people knew I was here and they know my capabilities, it's just a matter that they didn't think it was necessary, now they think it's necessary so we can just have a go."A friend described Hoad as an amazing person, who won a bravery medal in the West Indies for saving the lives of at least 19 people during a hurricane. Meanwhile, former West Indies cricket star Carl Hooper said he did not think the West Indies could return to form on time for the Adelaide Test. "I really can't see us turning it around here, even in Adelaide," Hooper said on Saturday."I hope against hope that we will but I can't see it happening. (It's) important to think that we must take some positives from this tour, we must have a few young players coming through."Hooper, who lives in Adelaide with his Australian wife and young son, said retired players should play a role in West Indies cricket development."There has been a lot of talk back home about the standard of cricket deteriorating. I think it's important for the players, when you retire and you pass on, to go back and give something," he said.Copyright AFP 2000

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