England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss has said that Windies team has the potential to win ICC World Cup for the first time since 1979. West Indies haven’t won cricket world cup in past 40 years and English coach believes that Caribbean side has got enough firing power in the batting lineup that can take away game from any side on their day..
“The Windies have been playing some decent cricket over the last 18 months. With the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning 2019 World Cup,” Bayliss said in the interview.
Recently England is on the tour of West Indies and two ODIs have been concluded with one game washed out as series stands at 1-1. Veteran Windies batsman Chris Gayle smacked brilliant hundred in the first One-Day International that helped the team to put 360 runs on the board but team couldn’t defend as England chased record target.
English coach praise left-handed destructive batsman Gayle and mentioned that he would be very dangerous in England when two-time ICC world cup winner Windies will travel for 12th edition. It will be last world cup for Gayle, hence he’d love to end his brilliant career on high and win championship.
“He’s just class really. It’s always great having guys in your side who are a bit scary for the opposition who know full well what they can deliver. In those first two games, Gayle was getting a feel for a spongy wicket batting first. But, as we have all seen in T20, he can attack that first powerplay brutally,” he added.
Windies cricket team interim coach Richard Pybus also emphasized in press conference that team is having right combination of players and team is feeling confident ahead of world cup.
“I know the right West Indies combination with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day. I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident (we) could take down anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus said.
West Indies are set to play their first match of world cup against Pakistan on 31st May 2019.