Windies have match winners but need consistency for World Cup challenge - Lara

By Sports Desk April 04, 2019
West Indies legend Brian Lara. West Indies legend Brian Lara.

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has not ruled out a strong performance for the regional team at the upcoming ICC World Cup in England but believes the unit must find a modicum of consistency to be successful.

The regional team earned plenty of plaudits for a strong performance in the Caribbean against England.  At times, it was the inexperienced Windies that outplayed an England ODI ranked number one in the world and seven places above them.

The series featured standout performances from opening batsman Chris Gayle, captain Jason Holder and the team’s pace bowlers.  If they are to mount a serious challenge in England, Lara believes they must find a way to replicate such outstanding performance on a routine basis.

“I am happy that we have made that little progress since we came here (in India) last October,” Lara said in a recent interview.

“The West Indies have match winners, but that’s not enough to play in English conditions and win the World Cup. We need a team that is consistent,” he added.

The West Indies will begin the tournament with a match against Pakistan on June 31st.

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    The 31-year-old Brathwaite was named captain of the squad in 2016, following the controversial dismal of World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy and his heroics against England in the final.  The Barbadian has, however, struggled since taking charge of the unit, winning just 11 and losing 17 of his matches in charge of the team for a 36 percent win rate.

    Despite being out of the squad for a couple of years, Pollard has continued to be one of the game’s most reliable players, recently returning to score 115 in a three-match series against India.  The Windies, however, lost the series 3-0.

    “Given his experience in that format, I would have liked to see Kieron Pollard as the best choice for our T20 captain. But he is not, for there are some reasons for that. During the CPL, he is the best with the bat and his fielding talent,” Richards recently told the India Times.

    “There is no disrespect to Carlos Brathwaite, but he probably would have been part of the team still. It was a political scenario after Darren Sammy exited the captaincy. Brathwaite is magnificent as an individual and highly competitive, but I know a lot of players in that team who believe Pollard would have been a great choice as captain.”

     

     

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