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WI don’t fear Aussies – Reifer

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:26 AM
Windies head coach Floyd Reifer engaging in batting practice with his team in a training session at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, yesterday ahead of Thursday’s ICC World Cup match with Australia.
Windies head coach Floyd Reifer engaging in batting practice with his team in a training session at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, yesterday ahead of Thursday’s ICC World Cup match with Australia.

NOTTINGHAM, England (CMC):

Reigning world champion Australia will hold no terrors for a confident Windies when the two teams clash at Trent Bridge in their second outings in the ICC World Cup here Thursday.

The last time the two teams met in a One-Day International (ODI) three years ago, the Windies went down by 58 runs in the final of a Tri-Nation Series in the Caribbean involving South Africa.

The Windies also came off the worse in the last bilateral series six years ago Down Under, suffering a heavy 5-0 whitewash, but head coach Floyd Reifer says they would be taking a “fearless” approach to the upcoming contest.

“We are not worried about them; we’re just focused on our game,” Reifer said yesterday.

“We’re focused on playing our brand of cricket. These set of guys are creating the brand of cricket, they want to play, which is an aggressive, smart, confident, fearless cricket, and that’s the brand we’re continuing to play no matter who is the opposition.”

The Windies sent a strong warning to opposing teams when they crushed Pakistan in their opening game here last Friday. Bowling with pace and hostility, they bundled out the Asian side for 105 and then raced to their target inside 14 overs.

Australia, meanwhile, chased down Afghanistan’s 208 in Bristol to make a comfortable start to their title defence last weekend.

Reifer said despite the opening win, his side were remaining grounded, focusing more on their execution than thinking about results.

“We’re taking it one game at a time. Like I said, we’re not under any pressure. We’re just enjoying our cricket and focusing on playing the brand of cricket that we want to play,” the former West Indies captain explained.

“We’re focusing on restoring the pride in West Indies cricket, so we have our reasons, we have our purpose for being here, and we’re just taking it one game at a time. At the end of the day, we’ll be there July 14 [in the final].”