Thatscricket - News - Adams shies away from captaincy issue
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Melbourne: Embattled West Indies captain Jimmy Adams refused to speculate on his future after the side's miserable cricket tour of Australia came to a merciful close here on Friday. The West Indies, described as one of the poorest teams to tour here, ended their campaign without beating Australia in 11 matches - five Tests and six One-dayers throughout the summer.The home side clinched the best-of-three tri-series One-day International finals 2-0 on Friday after also whipping the tourists in all four preliminary outings. Their tri-series debacle came on top of the first 5-0 whitewash in a Test series against Australia making Adams the least successful Caribbean captain on an Australian tour.Adams is under pressure to hold on to the leadership for the West Indies' home series against South Africa next month. However, he refused to discuss the captaincy position when asked if he expected to remain in the job after Friday's 39-run loss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground."I'm going to shy away from that one," he said. "We'll just have to see what happens."Australian skipper Steve Waugh, who became his country's first leader to go through a domestic summer in charge of an unbeaten side, said he was sympathetic towards for Adams."Jimmy would be doing it tough at the moment," Waugh said. "I feel sorry for him, he's a really good fellow. He's going to go back to the West Indies and cop a bit of stick."Whether he also receives the sack remains to be seen but certainly he wore the look of a beaten man at the end of a draining tour.When asked his overriding feeling he replied, "At the minute I'm just so tired. It's been the mentally hardest tour I've ever been on."However, Adams said at least his team went down with a fight on Friday, after making 299 in reply to Australia's 338 for six, an effort which was in stark contrast to most of their insipid performances throughout a lop-sided summer."It was always going to be a big ask, chasing 330 odd," he said. "But I couldn't fault the efforts of the players, I was happy with their level of output."The tourists return to the Caribbean on Monday night to prepare for the arrival of the South Africans for the March to May tour.