WI look to level ODI series
NOTTINGHAM, England, CMC:
Seamer Kesrick Williams has underscored the importance of taking England out of their natural game as West Indies look to square the five-match series in the second One-Day International at Trent Bridge here today.
The Windies underperformed in all departments in Tuesday's opening game at Old Trafford, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to fall behind 1-0, and leaving themselves with a mountain to climb to get back into the series.
Their 204 batting first proved inadequate and England chased down the total with nearly 11 of their allotted 42 overs still available.
Williams said the hosts had been disciplined in their approach, rotating the strike brilliantly and cutting out the big strokes, and stressed this was the area the Windies needed to address.
"In the last game, I think we kind of bowled well ... but there wasn't enough runs on the board," Williams said here yesterday.
Always under pressure
"[There isn't a team that won't] be under pressure with [204 to defend] especially with world class players that pick gaps easily like Joe Root and (Jonny) Bairstow coming in at the top this time, and they really rotated the strike well.
"If you realise they didn't hit as many boundaries as they probably anticipated - a lot of singles were run and that's where they killed us."
He continued: "If you can block up these areas where these guys get their singles, I think we can do well.
We are not bowling much of the boundary balls but what we can try to do is block off the singles and try to make them go over the top because they are not boundary-hitters."
The 27-year-old, who only made his ODI debut four months ago, said a more disciplined and consistent bowling approach from West Indies would pay dividends, especially on the softer surfaces.
"With the wickets that we are playing on here which is a lot different to the Caribbean wickets, it's very important that we stick to the basics, be patient, set the field accordingly, bowl to one side of the wicket, get certain fielders in the right positions and that will help us a long way," the Vincentian pointed out.