West Indies: Giants turned Minnows | 2019-05-29

West Indies: Giants turned Minnows

29 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

West Indies: Giants turned Minnows

Individual efforts from the likes of veteran left-hander Gayle, who will be playing his fifth World Cup and has an unquestioned ability with the bat, represent the best hopes for a West Indies squad which has struggled for consistency. The 39-year-old Gayle, a former West Indies captain, came out of international retirement in 2017 and plans to sign off fully after the tournament in England, where he will be deputy to Holder. He has played 26 World Cup games and averages a touch over 37, with a highest score of 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015.

A lack of consistency and cohesion continues to hinder the winners of the first two tournaments, and it has been particularly true in the one-day format. Had two wins and a loss in a series at home against England earlier this year but has lost six of its last seven ODIs against Bangladesh and had two defeats to Afghanistan in the World Cup qualifying series in Zimbabwe.

Best WC finish: Champions- 1975, 1979

West Indies

Jason Holder (c)

Chris Gayle (vc)

Andre Russell

Sheldon Cottrell

Shannon Gabriel

Kemar Roach

Nicholas Pooran (wk)

Ashley Nurse

Fabian Allen

Shimron Hetmyer

Shai Hope (wk)

Oshane Thomas

Carlos Brathwaite

Darren Bravo

Evin Lewis