Sunday, February 18, 2018

Windies bringing A-game against Irish*

BOWLING COACH Roddy Estwick has warned Ireland that West Indies will be playing at full throttle, when the two teams meet in their one-off One-Day International today.
The Caribbean side, which includes superstar Chris Gayle and stroke-maker Marlon Samuels, will face an Irish team with much to prove after recently attaining Test status. And even though West Indies will be more focused on the five-match series against England starting in a week’s time, Estwick said the Ireland contest was of no lesser importance.
“They (Irish) will see attacking cricket. We’re here to make a statement,” Estwick said. “We’re on a mission, we’re here to get enough points in this ODI and the five against England to help us qualify automatically for the World Cup, so we’ve got to take this game very, very seriously.”
He added: “We need points to move us forward in the 50-overs rankings… and all the boys are here so we’re looking forward to putting on a good show tomorrow.”
West Indies are already in danger of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. They are currently ninth in the ODI rankings, with hosts England along with the remaining top seven teams, gaining automatic qualification.

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