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West Indies Head coach Stuart Law said West Indies had some “soul-searching” to do after they suffered a 119-run crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the recent Twenty20 International final, to end the eight-match tour without a single win.

The regional side lost both Tests by wide margins, were whitewashed 3-0 in the One-Day International series, before going down 2-0 in the three-match series.

The only match they escaped defeat was the second Twenty20 on New Year’s Day, which was rained out after nine overs.

Law said it was a disappointing tour adding that New Zealand played disciplined cricket, but the West Indies fell short.

He said the team needs to do a lot of hard work, planning and understanding.

“That means some soul-searching by looking in the mirror and asking if we gave everything to change a game, get into a game and win a game,” he told reporters in New Zealand.

The West Indies were without experienced players such as Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons, all of whom were members of the winning World Cup side in 2016 in India.

West suffered in the Twenty20 series in part from the absence of several key players. Veteran players such as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard both pulled out from the squad for personal reasons, while match-winner Marlon Samuels was forced out due to injury.

Law said the late withdrawal of some experienced players had hurt West Indies.

Posted 12:00 am, January 12, 2018
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