Law urges WI team consistency
Head coach Stuart Law says there is no reason to despair despite West Indies heavy defeat to Pakistan in the recent four-match Twenty20 series.
Rather, the Australian said the disappointing performance allowed him to properly gauge the quality of the squad, and believes the players simply need to be more consistent.
“All in all, it is given me a better idea of what we have and what we’re about,” Law indicated.
“There is plenty to work with there, it is not a matter of throwing in the towel or going back to scratch and starting again but players have got to start performing consistently.”
West Indies, the reigning T20 World champions, were humbled in the opening game by six wickets and also crashed to another defeat in the second game when they lost by three runs.
They won the third contest convincingly with a three-wicket victory last Saturday but then reverted to their old habits in a seven-wicket defeat in the final game.
Law said West Indies had failed to find any consistency throughout the series and played below their potential as a result.
“[We under-achieved] really, I think. All the players, we sat and spoke after the second one – the first game in Trinidad – and that was the game that we lost,” he noted.
“We were in the driver’s seat and we brought the [required run rate] down to just under a run-a-ball but unfortunately we messed that one up.
“The fightback began in the third one where Evin Lewis basically took the game on single-handedly and scored a brilliant 90. In the last one, just making poor decisions in that middle order [let us down].
“In the first game we lost wickets early and we couldn’t stem the flow and in the last game as well and we couldn’t [rotate] the strike so that was a problem.”
West Indies turn their attention to the three-match one-day tournament against Pakistan starting in Guyana Friday.
And in conditions that normally favour spinners, the duo of leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and off-spinner Ashley Nurse are hoping to impress with solid performances.
Hometown kid Bishoo, playing an international on home soil for the first time in six years, and Nurse, who has played at the venue on several occasions for Barbados Pride, will be two players that captain Jason Holder will be banking upon to make it happen for West Indies.
“For sure, it is a big series. It’s obvious what we have to target. We are feeling pretty good at the moment and want to have a successful series,” Nurse said.
“The pitch looks good, but I am not a curator, and I am not sure how well it will play, but we have been told the surface has been re-laid, and hopefully it plays better than previously and we can get some good scores on matches played on it.
“Fielding will be a key thing for us. We did not have a good series in the field against England. We dropped a number of chances against them. In this series, it must be about improving and taking everything that comes our way. We have to improve our fielding and just do a good job all-round in the upcoming three games,” Nurse added.
Bishoo said: “I’m very excited, playing at home for the first time since 2011, so it’s something about which I am a little anxious, but we’re all looking forward to this series and we know that we’ll just have to be focused because this is an important series.
“Everybody is comfortable with one another. The T20 series is finished so we’ve got to put that behind us and now focus on winning this series.”