Sobers: Windies players lack motivation

Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers said Windies players lacked motivation and commitment.

He has urged the current crop of regional players to follow the example set by England stroke-maker Joe Root.

Sir Gary, 80, Barbados’ only living national hero, considered the greatest cricketer to have played the game said there were definite question marks over the team’s commitment.

The legendary player who witnessed the 186-run defeat by England at the Kensington Oval, Barbados recently told reporters in Barbados: “I don’t know what motivates them at this stage, but as a cricketer myself, I always felt that when you are playing for your country it doesn’t matter what cricket you’re playing — you should always be motivated and trying to do your best. Whether it is Test cricket or Twenty20, you should not pick out one from the other.”

He noted that the England batsman Joe Root has dominated all three formats of the game and averages 47 from 83 One-Day Internationals and 40 in Twenty20s.

Root was a key member of the side which whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in the recent One-Day International, scoring an unbeaten 90 in the second game and l0l in the final at Kensington Oval.

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