West Indies cricket shows slight improvement

In this file photo, West Indies’s bowler Samuel Badree celebrates the dismissal of Australia’s batsman Shane Watson, unseen during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Australia and West Indies in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, file

Much emphasis is on Twenty20 and One-Day International Cricket, the West Indies team is the world Twenty20 champion but the team has to lift its game to win the One-Day International. Head coach Ottis Gibson will have to work very hard with the team and implement strategies to remain in the wicket for their 50 overs and measure up with splendid bowling performances. Australia defeated the West Indies 5-0 in their last match up and this highlighted a very poor performance by the West Indies.

Windies Must Be Consistent

The talk about the West Indies beating any team on any day is not good enough. Although they are the Twenty20 champions, they were thrashed 5-0 by the Australians. The West Indies team has players who are highly looked upon internationally such as Sunil Narine, Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.

West Indies players must be able to transfer their Twenty20 skills into the One-Day International. The West Indies have players that are capable of mastering the 50-over format and lead the team to victories. If the West Indies can run away with the One-Day International champions trophy that will be a move in the right direction.

Some players need to give much more effort and the West Indies ground fielding needs to improve. Darren Bravo drops too many catches. Spilling catches are definitely not good for the team and fielding as a whole has to be improved quickly.

Samuel Badree Is Good for ODI

Trinidad and Tobago’s bowler Samuel Badree is not only good for Twenty20 matches but because of his professional approach, he should perform well in the One-Day International format. The adjustment from bowling four overs to 10, could be easily made by the experienced Badree. He has the stature, intelligence and knowledge of the game to put away any top batsman that comes up against him. Apart from that, the West Indies may have to play two useful spinners in their squad.

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