I’m ready for the World Cup – Evin Lewis

By May 27, 2019
Windies opener Evin Lewis Windies opener Evin Lewis

Windies opener Evin Lewis has not played very much 50-over cricket ahead of his side’s first game at the ICC World Cup in England and Wales next week, but believes he is ready. 

Lewis’ last ODI game for the Windies came back in July of 2018 against Bangladesh, with a stark dip in form being the highlight of the period.

Lewis’ place at the World Cup was most certainly under threat with the batsman, not only missing a number of games due to injury, but showing a dip in form that was worrying.

The batsman, back in July of 2018 when the Windies were forced to play in a qualification tournament for this World Cup, found runs very difficult to come by, with his last four innings accounting for less than 30 runs apiece.

Lewis did not play any part in the Windies successful outing against England late last year and neither was he available for selection to the tri-series against Australia and Bangladesh and many wondered if it wasn’t a risk to involve him, especially with replacements like John Campbell and Sunil Ambris showing they can contribute in his absence.

However, Lewis does have ability and has showed it with 148 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in 2016, and a brilliant 176 not out against England at The Oval in 2017.

And while the fans from the Caribbean wonder about his readiness to play in this tournament, he isn’t.

“I’m ready for the World Cup,” he declared in an interview with Cricket West Indies Media recently, and maybe he knows what he’s talking about.

In his first outing since his return, Lewis, playing against Australia in an unofficial warm-up, scored an even 50 from 56 deliveries, hitting six fours and a six.

“The conditions are great here, the wickets are good and you can trust the pace and the bounce. We have come here with belief and we will play hard as a team and look with give it our best,” said Lewis.

The Windies’ first official warm-up game against South Africa on Sunday was abandoned after persistent showers without the Windies getting a chance to bat. South Africa had batted well and were 95 without loss when rain halted proceedings. The Windies will round out their preparations with a game against New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Caribbean side’s campaign for a third World Cup title begins on Friday against Pakistan.

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