Gayle delay concerns Dyson
Coach John Dyson admitted the late arrival of captain Chris Gayle is "not ideal" after West Indies slumped to a 10-wicket defeat in their final warm-up match before the first npower Test against England.
The tourists crumbled in Derby with a day to spare against England Lions after losing their last six wickets for 25 to be dismissed for a lowly 179 and set a victory target of 72 - which was quickly polished off.
It leaves West Indies needing to find form quickly before the start of the first Test at Lord's on Wednesday, and their prospects are not helped by Gayle delaying his arrival from South Africa, where he has been playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, until Monday.
Gayle was due to arrive tomorrow but extended his stay to play an extra match after talks with the West Indies Cricket Board, and Dyson said: "I've said all along, with the IPL in conjunction with this tour, even if he was arriving as we expected, that's not ideal.
"It's not enough time for an ideal preparation (for a Test match) but we will work with it. The medical boys all say that, after that length of flight, you need a minimum of a couple of days to get over the jet lag and re-acclimatise and then you need a couple of days of practice.
"We were prepared to work around that and now that it's been extended out a bit further it puts more pressure on Chris and I suppose the people in the West Indies Cricket Board who made that decision."
Although former Australia batsman Dyson does not believe Gayle's preparation time will be sufficient, he has not ruled out his captain delivering a performance at Lord's.
"Chris handles a lot of pressure and has played some magnificent cricket over the past 12 months in all forms of the game and he seems to take these sort of things in his stride," said Dyson.
"But the medical advice is that, when you fly that sort of distance, you need time to recover from the flight and re-acclimatise to the time zones. I also think you need a good couple of hits at least in the conditions you're going to play in."
News of Gayle's delayed arrival capped a dismal day for the tourists, who failed to reach 250 for the third time in four innings since arriving from the Caribbean.
"It's not what we would have liked but there were some positive things that came out of it," Dyson added. "I thought Lendl Simmons played well, Shiv (Chanderpaul) again played well and Jerome Taylor's spell yesterday with the new ball was very encouraging given he hadn't played for a while."
Lions captain Rob Key was delighted with the display of his side after a century from Tim Ambrose and 72 from Adil Rashid, who also claimed three wickets, secured a decisive 108-run first-innings lead.
"It was a good win in the end," said Key. "In the first innings the wicket did quite a bit and then it got a bit flatter.
"Tim Ambrose and Adil Rashid were the difference in the end, giving us a 100-run lead and then it looked like it was getting flatter again but having someone like Rashid up your sleeve is good to have.
"He genuinely got Chanderpaul out with his wrong 'un and that's what those blokes can do. Those mystery spinners can get you wickets when no one else can on flat wickets."