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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Adams predicts bright future
By Anna Thompson

Jimmy Adams
Adams played 54 Tests for West Indies
Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams believes the current team can be a force again in world cricket.

After the heydays of the late 1970s and 1980s, West Indies are going through a prolonged transitional phase.

They were trounced 3-0 in the Test series at home to England but bounced back to share the one-day series 2-2 following impressive back-to-back victories in St Lucia.

Adams told the BBC Sport website: "In the Test series, the West Indies were not consistent enough whereas England went about their task much better.

"But we have to remember, the West Indies had a lot of inexperienced players out there.

There are players who have a very exciting future ahead of them and it is going to be really good watching them develop over the next few years
Jimmy Adams
"Hopefully they will learn from this and take that experience into the future."

The all-rounder believes there is a lot of raw talent in the current squad - it just needs honing.

He said: "People like Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan are very talented, along with Fidel Edwards and Tino Best.

"These are the players who have a very exciting future ahead of them and it is going to be really good watching them develop over the next few years."

But Adams, who captained West Indies for a year in 2000, is in no doubt who should lead the side.

"Brian Lara should remain as captain. He's the best person for the job so there is no need to change it," he said.

And he believes the 2007 World Cup will provide a huge fillip for cricket in the Caribbean.

Chris Gayle
Gayle is a great player, says Adams
Adams said: "It is going to be a good chance for the islands to showcase themselves.

"Having a tournament of that magnitude can only have a positive effect.

"It is great the fact the Cayman Islands and Florida are bidding to host matches as well because the more places the game reaches, the better."

Adams is currently playing in the Northern Premier League for Lancashire side St Annes.

St Annes, where a teenage Andrew Flintoff learnt his trade, were runners-up in the league last season but have lost their first two games this year.

Adams said: "We are not getting the results early on in the season we were looking for but we are hoping to pick things up as the season progresses.

"Personally speaking, it's great to be here in St Annes. I'm really enjoying it. I've never been to this part of the world before.

"I grew up beside the sea myself so it's really nice to be living on the coast again - although I bet the water isn't quite as warm as in the Caribbean!"

But he learned the hard way that the grounds are not as big as Test arenas.

Adams smashed a six at Barrow, only for it to hit the windscreen of his own car.

He added: "I knew straight away it was my car and I damaged the window. I'll know not to do that again."


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