Law: WI were let down by fielding
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
New West Indies head coach Stuart Law has lamented his side's effort in the field in Friday's opening One-Day International (ODI) against England.
Leading the Caribbean side for the first time since his appointment last month, the Australian watched as they succumbed by 45 runs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium after failing to overhaul a challenging 297.
But while praising both the batting and bowling efforts, Law said the Windies had let themselves down in the field. Captain Eoin Morgan was let off twice during his top score of 107, while Jason Roy (13) was also put down early on.
"One thing we showed, we did show good fight. It didn't all go our way in the field, but I thought we stuck to our tasks," Law noted.
"We probably lost it a bit in the last 10 overs. We lost a bit of focus in the field. A couple of very important catches went down and it just goes to show that catches do win matches, and they dropped two of the best players going around. You can't afford to do that."
Law was quick to reiterate the value of the missed chances in the field while also ruing the fact neither Mohammed nor Carter went on to three figures.
LAPSES IN THE FIELD
"They all bowled reasonably OK. It wasn't so much the bowling; it was more so the couple of lapses in the field," Law pointed out.
"And then, with the bat, Jason Mohammed played beautifully for his 70 and Jonathan Carter again for his fifty, so it would have been nice if one of those two had gone on to get a big score."
West Indies take on England in the second ODI today at the same venue, and Law said he was hoping his side could make the necessary adjustments.