Windies hoping to execute vs Bangladesh in ODIs

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Fresh from their domination of Bangladesh in the recent two-Test series, West Indies will switch formats but hope to sustain their winning momentum when they take on the tourists in the first of three One-Day Internationals (ODI) starting here Sunday.

While neither of the two Tests went the distance as Bangladesh's batting capitulated weakly in Antigua and Jamaica, the Tigers are expected to put up a stronger showing in the shorter format in which they are more at home and are ranked seventh — two places higher than the Windies.

They were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe last January and also clinched a semi-final spot in last year's Champions Trophy before bowing out.

West Indies Jason Holder told reporters here Saturday he was under no illusions about the danger posed by the Bangladeshis but stressed the importance of executing team plans.

“We know they are a better white-ball team probably than a red-ball team and they've got some quality in players in their line-up,” Holder noted.

“But I think we've got to just plan well for them. I think we've done a bit of thinking and a bit of planning towards where we want to go and accomplish, so it's about executing. I think execution plays a big part of it and hopefully our guys can come tomorrow and execute from ball one.”

West Indies will also need to shake off their own rustiness, having not played an ODI since the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe last March.

The likes of superstars Twenty20 superstars Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Andre Russell have returned to the 13-man squad while Jason Holder and Rovman Powell are fresh off the Windies A tour in England.

And Holder believes with most of the squad having played competitive cricket over the last four months, West Indies should not be at any disadvantage with the change of formats.

“The mood in the camp is pretty good. Obviously we have had some time off since the last ODI series which would have been the World Cup qualifiers,” he explained.

“The guys played some cricket before then. We've had many of the guys playing in T20 leagues around the world, some guys have played A-team cricket and some other guys have been involved in Test cricket so everybody has been playing cricket.

“I think everybody is ready to go and hopefully we can start this series well tomorrow.”

The Windies' recent ODI record is hardly stellar. In fact, last year alone they registered a mere three wins in 23 outings — whitewashed by New Zealand last December and hammered 4-0 by England in a five-match series four months prior.

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