'You can't always blast people out' - Windies legend Lloyd calls for variation

By Sports Desk June 21, 2019

Former legendary Windies captain Clive Lloyd has called on the team to adopt a varied approach to their play ahead of a crucial encounter against New Zealand on Saturday.

The regional team has had a disappointing tournament to date, winning just one of its first five games.  The Caribbean team’s most recent loss came against Bangladesh, where they struggled despite making 321 and lost by a comfortable seven-wicket margin.  Prior to that, the team was easily seeing off by England who registered an eight-wicket triumph after bowling out the Windies for 212.

The results have left the West Indies on the verge of elimination and they could go crashing out of the tournament with a loss to unbeaten New Zealand.  For Lloyd, one of the issues is that the team’s attack has been far too predictable.

"I was disappointed with the West Indies performance against Bangladesh. It would appear that they only have one way to play with no variation to their game plan," Lloyd told the ICC.

"They are trying to blast people out and I don't think they understand the English conditions,” he added.

"You cannot always do that here because the pitches during this competition has been batsman-friendly despite the rain. It might be green but it doesn't always fly around."

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