Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

The Caribbean side missing some of their first-choice players will face hosts Ireland in the first game of the tri-nation series, which also involves Bangladesh, on Sunday, 5 May, and look to familiarize themselves with the English conditions ahead of the CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Only half of the 14-man West Indies squad named for the tri-series will be contributing in the CWC19; the other members of the CWC team are playing in the IPL. Yet, the tri-series will offer them a taste of the circumstances, while giving outlying players an opportunity to showcase their talent, especially youngsters like Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Shane Dowrich and Raymon Reifer.

West Indies did well to draw the five-match ODI series against England in March, an outcome that was not expected as the hosts were facing a strong side placed No.1 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings. They will rely on the experience of a senior player like Darren Bravo and Shai Hope. Skipper Jason Holder will lead the pace attack alongside Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be ruing their defeat to England in Dublin on Friday, sliding from a position of strength. While the hosts faltered while batting, their precise bowling had almost derailed England. They have a terrific top three in place, in William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, who gave them a good start, and they will be looking to them to put up a competitive score.

Middle-order batsman Lorcan Tucker had a milder debut in comparison to Josh little, who was the star of the bowling line-up. However, Tucker’s domestic credentials are strong enough for him to warrant another chance.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Key players

Josh Little (Ireland): The teenager, who made his ODI debut on Friday, impressed with a probing spell of 4/45, picking up wickets of James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and David Willey. The left-arm mixed short balls with fuller ones deftly and troubled the more experienced England batsmen. While the young man could not finish the job for Ireland, he will be hoping for a repeat performance against the West Indies side.

Darren Bravo (West Indies): The 30-year-old had a sub-par series against England in March this year. While he scored at an average of 44.33, he was not able to capitalize on the good starts and accumulated just 133 runs in five games. This is a great chance for him to get some quality match practice before the marquee tournament.

Conditions

Friday’s game against England was a truncated affair as rain delayed the start of proceedings. The chances of showers on Sunday are low but expect cloud cover throughout the morning. The overcast conditions might aid swing bowling and teams will be looking to field first. The last ODI here was played two years ago in May 2017, in which Bangladesh chased 270 sets by New Zealand with ease.

Teams

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

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We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder

Forty years since West Indies last lifted the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy, in 1979, current captain Jason Holder is confident that his team can repeat history.

“I’m very optimistic,” Holder told Sports mail. “I think we’ve got what it takes to win the World Cup. It’s just a matter of the kind of cricket we play. We’ve potentially got match-winners on any given day and we can beat any side in the world.

“We’re confident that once we formulate our plans and execute them, we’ll be up there lifting that trophy at the very end.”

We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder
We have got what it takes to win the CWC’ – Jason Holder

Windies last played a multi-format series against England, whom they beat 2-1 in the Tests. It was Windies’ first series win against England in the long format in 10 years. Holder, who was adjudged Player of the Match for his career-best 202* in front of his home crowd in Barbados, had a big part to play in it himself.

The limited-overs leg was more of a mixed bag, with Windies drawing the five-match one-day international series 2-2, but conceding the Twenty20 Internationals that followed by a 3-0 margin. However, Holder felt that holding the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings to a stalemate would hold Windies in good stead.

“I don’t think it’s all sunk in yet,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling scoring a double century in front of my home crowd and competing against the No.1 one-day side in the world and pushing them right until the end says a lot about our potential.”

If Holder leads West Indies to the World Cup, he will have emulated Clive Lloyd, whom Holder is very close to and has been taking advice from. “Growing up, you track history,” Holder said. “Clive Lloyd lifted two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, and it’s up to us to try to achieve something similar.

“He and I are very close. He’s given me a lot of advice about how to go about my international experience. He always said to me that it took three years for him to understand how to play Test cricket. Having played Test cricket for a while, I realize what he meant.”

Holder further said that West Indies are still a work in progress but are on the path to success. “Our boys are probably not the finished product, but we’re definitely on the right path to becoming pretty good West Indian players. If we stick together for the next two or three years, the sky’s the limit,” he said.

“And, being in England, this was the last place we lifted the World Cup. Who knows, maybe there’s a script to be written there.”

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‘Getting Ready and Fit for the World Cup’ – Andre Russell

Andre Russell, who was out of the T20I series with India due to injury, says he needs to recover rapidly to be “fit and ready” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

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“My knees, I did get therapy two months ago and I am feeling a lot better at the moment. I have been busy in the gym, getting ready and fit for the World Cup,” Russell told India Today.

“It is a big tournament, in fact the biggest moment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is being played, so just making sure I am fit and ready to go.”

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The all-rounder, who recently grabbed the T10 trophy with Northen Warriors, is an expert in the shorter formats of the game. He trusts that the Indian Premier League, which will be planned before the World Cup next year, will be the perfect training ahead of the multi-nation tournament.

“IPL is going to be a big tournament running up to the World Cup and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” said Russell, who represents the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament.

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