COLUMN – W.I. Must Improve

COLUMNJust a couple weeks before the start of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, West Indies must be concerned about certain aspects of their batting and bowling which were exposed in the 4-1 loss to South Africa in the just concluded One-Day International series.

The consolation win by one wicket with nine balls to spare in the penultimate match at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth was a big relief for Jason Holder, the 23-year-old fast bowling all-rounder in his first series as captain. One only had to look at the expressions of the players after Andre Russell smashed the winning shot with his fifth six, along with five fours in a fine, unbeaten 64, to realise how much the victory meant to the team.

But let us be honest. The West Indies bowling got a battering for the most part and scores of 439 for two off 50 overs in the second match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and 361 for five off 42 overs in the final match at SuperSport Park in Centurion are perfect examples of the ball-beating they suffered.

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