West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is backing the Caribbean side to pose a challenge to the top teams in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England.
Brathwaite’s comments come in the wake of the West Indies’ ominous and unexpected competitive display against World Cup-favourites England during the recently-concluded English tour of the West Indies, during which the home certainly made the world sit up and take notice.
The West Indies had been on a poor run of form prior to the series, having had to go through the qualifiers to make it to the World Cup. They eventually lost the final of the qualifying tournament to Afghanistan, but had already booked their ticket to England by then.
That result was followed up by a poor run of form in ODI cricket, losing bilateral series’ to Bangladesh twice (home and away), as well as India on their travels. They turned their fortunes around against a rampant English side to draw the five-match series, which Brathwaite sees as a sign that they area gearing up for a surprise third World Cup trophy for the Island confederation.
40.2 overs is all it took for West Indies to win the 5th and final ODI against England.
They won by seven wickets, with 37.5 overs remaining. An unbelieveable all-round performance!
— ICC (@ICC) March 2, 2019
‘I don’t want ourselves to be called favourites or underdogs. But we have recently played some great brand of cricket and if we can replicate that [in England] we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title,’ The Barbados powerhouse told Press Trust of India on Friday.
‘We have been traditionally a good tournament team, so hopefully, we can win the third World Cup. From a players’ point of view, we have the belief that we can win and we will play our best cricket.’
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