Specialist players to bolster confident Windies ahead of Australia ODIs - Pollard

By July 19, 2021

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard sees more specialist players coming in as replacements for some of the all-rounders, who played in the just-concluded T20 series when the team takes on Australia in the first of three ODIs starting tomorrow at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

The West Indies are coming off a high after winning the five-match T20 series 4-1 and are hoping to carry that momentum into the ODI series. Pollard, who missed the T20 series with a hamstring injury, expects several specialist players to come in for the longer format.

“I think for us one of the things we try to harp on is specialists and speciality positions. We have found ourselves in positions over the years where you have a lot of all-rounders, a lot of guys can bat, can bowl but you want a guy specializing in one aspect or the other with a couple of utility guys who can bring three facets of the game,” he said.

“So, in terms of our one-day set-up, if you look at the balance we have used for the last couple of years, and even in the last series, I can’t see that changing much.”

What he doesn’t expect to change is the confidence exuded by his team in their comprehensive series victory over an admittedly under-strength Australian side.

“I hope that 100 per cent of the body language that would have been shown throughout the T20 series, the guys will take it on board and we can continue that in the ODI’s,” he said.

“Obviously, it will be different personnel and personalities but having said that, fielding and movement in the field in an attitude and it’s how bad you want it and how much you enjoy it.

“So far, from a white ball perspective, we have been very good in terms of our body language and in terms of our intent in the field despite the different situations and scenarios that present themselves. So, hopefully, long may that continue and we are going to be impressing on the guys to go the extra mile.”

 

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