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Fletcher Touts Windies Brand Of Cricket

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Andre Fletcher, the 32-year-old Windward Islands, and Windies opening right-handed batter and wicketkeeper is gung-ho about the T20I series against New Zealand.

Fletcher believes that his Windies number 9 ranked team has the firepower to reach the top of World cricket ranking once again.

West Indies have won the T20 World Cup twice – in 2012 and 2016.

The series against the Kiwis will be a dress rehearsal for both teams as they plan for the next T20 World Cup tournament in India next year.

Fletcher will be seeking to establish himself as one of the leading contenders for a spot at the top of the order going into the T20 World tournament.

In a recent interview, the aggressive opening batsman opined that the Windies would continue to play their brand of cricket.

“I don’t think anything will change,” Fletcher said ahead of the first T20I on November 27. “We’ll continue being positive and playing our brand of cricket,” he said.

He lamented Windies current position in the T20 rankings but argued that his team would get back to that lofty position once held.

It’s sometimes tough – winning two T20 World Cups and ranking No. 9 in the world is kind of off-balance, but I believe we’ll get back up there in the rankings,” posited Fletcher.

He noted that both teams would be seeking to position themselves for the World Cup and expressed confidence that the Windies will do well given the work they’ve put in overtime.

“It’s a part of our preparation for the World Cup. (For) all teams playing now, that’s what they’re getting their minds up for. Hopefully, we can start well and see where it takes us. We’ve practiced a lot, we’ve trained very hard, we’ve put in the work, and we strongly believe that we are capable and ready.”

Fletcher hoped the West Indies brand of cricket would prove too hot for the Kiwis to handle, and ultimately his team will win their first T20I series in New Zealand.

“Hopefully, we can allow them to lose their next three. It’s a game we cannot predict. We’re all ready, we’re just hoping that everything goes well with us. We haven’t won a series in New Zealand [before], so hopefully, we can turn that around.”

West Indies will start the series in Auckland before playing the next two matches in Mount Maunganui on November 29 and 30. The Tests will start in Hamilton on December 3, with the final match from December 11 in Wellington.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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