Windies to maintain focus
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Fresh off a historic Test series win over England, interim Windies head coach Richard Pybus wants the home side to execute their plans in the upcoming five-match one-day international (ODI) series.
The Windies recently defeated England 2-1 to capture the Wisden Trophy for the first time in more than a decade.
The two sides will meet at Kensington Oval on Wednesday for the first match of the ODI series.
Pybus said morale was high among the team and the players were eagerly looking forward to the challenge.
“We’re coming off the back of a Test series win and we’ve still got a couple players travelling back into the squad and we’re looking forward to them arriving, but the guys are very keen to take on England.
“I was delighted with the outcome of Test series. I would have loved it to be 3-0, but the loss of Jason (Holder) and then Keemo (Paul) with a quad pull, that set us back in the Test match, but I thought the guys stood up very, very well,” Pybus said.
“We have clear plans, but great planning doesn’t mean you’re going to execute, so all credit to Jason and the players; they were absolutely superb. They showed tremendous commitment and discipline and they spoke about what they wanted to deliver and they really did. Taking that into the series now we will be getting this ODI squad together doing the same planning.”
The Windies had to make three changes because of injuries to key players and will also have to do without the services of Shannon Gabriel for the first four ODIs because of suspension.
However, Pybus said he expected the new faces to step up to the plate if called upon.
“We’re pretty good. Both squads have had a lot of cricket, so our lads have a few aches and pains that we are working through, but I think we’re pretty good,” the head coach said.
“Carlos is back in the squad, so it’s great to have him coming in. Obviously, he’s a wonderful cricketer and coming back into the squad in Barbados is always great, because it’s his favourite ground. Chris Gayle is back into the squad as well, so he brings his formidable expertise and experience … Ashley (Nurse) and Devendra (Bishoo) as well, so we’ve got a few chaps coming in, so we’re really looking forward to getting the squad together.”