The Windies haven’t won a shared ODI series for close to five years and are currently ranked ninth in the 50-over format. However, both Richard Pybus and Trevor Bayliss, the respective coaches of the Windies and England, noted that with the anchor of the lineup returning to the setup, they can spring up surprises in the upcoming World Cup to be held in England and even erect the trophy.
“I know the right West Indies arrangement with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus, the Windies’ provisional coach, noted. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel convinced (we) could take down anyone on their day.”
“The Windies have been playing some well-mannered cricket over the last 18 months,” said Bayliss. “With the size of their thrash and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”
Pybus commended Gayle for his remarkable show in the first two ODIs. The southpaw opener made a hundred and followed it up with a fifty during the Barbados leg of the ODI series. However, the left-handed batsman also was criticised for playing out dots during the early phase of his innings in the first game.
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