WI look­ing to build on win over Pak­istan

... Re­gional team gears up for Tri-Na­tions with prepa­ra­tion camp

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

POTCHEF­STROOM, South Africa, (CMC): WEST INDIES will kick off a prepa­ra­tion camp here over the com­ing week as they gear up for the im­mi­nent Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in Zim­babwe, in­volv­ing the hosts and Sri Lanka.

The one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) squad as­sem­bled here this week­end, with the eight play­ers who were part of the Test se­ries against Pak­istan ar­riv­ing from the United Arab Emi­rates.

Cap­tain Ja­son Holder leads the 15-man unit for the tour­na­ment which runs from Novem­ber 14-27.

West Indies will un­dergo train­ing at the High Per­for­mance Cen­tre here as they sharpen their skills for the 50-overs for­mat un­der the guid­ance of as­sis­tant coach Hendy Springer, bat­ting coach Toby Rad­ford, and bowl­ing coach Roddy Est­wick.

Last Thurs­day, West Indies beat Pak­istan for their first Test win in 19 months and first on for­eign soil in four years, and Est­wick said the vic­tory would be a huge boost for the side as they pre­pared for the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries.

“I’m a great be­liever in mo­men­tum and I be­lieve this win is go­ing to be im­por­tant. We’ve still got the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries to play against Sri Lanka and Zim­babwe, so this win will give us some kind of con­fi­dence,” Est­wick said.

WORK HARD

“A lot of the play­ers [from the Test squad] are go­ing to Zim­babwe as well, so that’s very im­por­tant that they know they can com­pete with the best teams in the world, but what we are go­ing to do is con­tinue to work hard.”

West Indies will en­ter the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries ranked ninth in the world, with Sri Lanka in sixth place and Zim­babwe down in 11th.

The last time the Windies met Sri Lanka in an ODI se­ries a year ago, they suf­fered a bruis­ing 3-0 drub­bing in the se­ries, on what was a dif­fi­cult tour of the sub­con­ti­nent.

How­ever, Est­wick said with the con­fi­dence gained from the re­cent vic­tory over Pak­istan, cou­pled with hard work in prepa­ra­tion, West Indies would be a po­tent force in the up­com­ing se­ries.

“All the best teams get suc­cess through hard work, dis­ci­pline, ded­i­ca­tion, and that’s some­thing we are re­ally try­ing to get the play­ers to buy into, and this win will go a long way in try­ing to help that and get the be­lief and con­fi­dence,” the former first-class crick­eter said.

“And once we can get the mo­men­tum, we know we can com­pete. Now we know we can stay five days with all the teams in the world be­cause our fit­ness has im­proved and that’s a very, very im­por­tant thing for us.”

West Indies open their Tri-Na­tions Se­ries cam­paign against Sri Lanka on Novem­ber 16.

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