Hope: Con­sis­tency key for Windies

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

STROKE-MAKER Shai Hope be­lieves West In­dies can turn the page on their night­mare Test se­ries against Bangladesh with a good show­ing in the up­com­ing one­day se­ries but says the Caribbean side will have to show more con­sis­tency.

The Windies suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing 2-0 whitewash in the Test se­ries last week­end, with nei­ther match go­ing be­yond three days.

They face Bangladesh in the open­ing ODI on Sun­day here, with Hope point­ing out that the bats­men needed to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity de­spite the spin­friendly na­ture of the pitches.

“Con­sis­tency is the key. We need to put our hands up and put some big tar­gets on the board and make sure the bowlers have some­thing to bowl at,” the right-han­der said.

“The wick­ets maybe a bit dif­fer­ent here in Bangladesh, but same things ap­ply. We need to max­imise the en­tire in­nings.”

EX­PECT SPIN

He added: “As ev­ery­one would ex­pect, the ball will spin a bit more in Bangladesh. But we have to wait till the day to see what it (the pitch) would be like to play.

“We can ex­pect spin, and it can be some­thing dif­fer­ent, so we have to cover all our bases and be ready for what­ever they throw at us.”

Bangladesh used an all-spin at­tack in the last Test, which they won by an in­nings and 184 runs, with not a sin­gle seamer in­cluded.

In fact, for the first time, spin­ners took all the wick­ets to fall in the se­ries as the first Test in Chit­tagong fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern.

But with the likes of Mustafizur Rah­man and cap­tain Mashrafe Mortaza in­cluded in the ODI squad, Hope said he was aware that the hosts pos­sessed dan­ger­ous seam­ers as well.

“They also have some qual­ity pac­ers who have been around for a long time. We know what to ex­pect from that part as well,” he pointed out.

Hope is one of the few sur­viv­ing play­ers from the Test se­ries, with sev­eral new play­ers hav­ing flown in for the shorter for­mat.

Among them are vet­eran right-han­der Mar­lon Sa­muels, big-hit­ting all-rounder Car­los Brath­waite, and ex­pe­ri­enced left­hander Dar­ren Bravo.

West In­dies are com­ing off a 31 de­feat to In­dia in a five-match se­ries last month and also lost 21 to Bangladesh in the Caribbean ear­lier this year.

In fact, the Windies have not won an ODI se­ries since they beat Bangladesh in the Caribbean four years ago.

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