• Windies A defy Hain hundred to clinch first one-dayer

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase had century-maker Sam Hain caught in the deep with three balls left, as West Indies A snatched a dramatic five-run victory, in the opening day/night one-dayer of the three-match series against England Lions here Tuesday night.

    Chasing a competitive 273 at Coolidge Cricket Ground, debutant Hain struck a brilliant 144 to rescue Lions after their innings lay in shambles at 165 for nine in the 36th over.

    He staged a last-wicket stand of 102 with Matthew Parkinson (15) which left Lions requiring eight from the final over with nine wickets down.

    However, the 22-year-old Hain then lofted the third delivery of the over to Raymon Reifer on the long-on  boundary, to end the innings with Lions just short of their target.

    Hain, batting at number three, produced a brilliant effort which required 122 balls and contained a dozen fours and five sixes.

    He was supported by opener Nick Gubbins who made 54 but Lions suffered a massive batting failure and the only other batsmen to reach double figures were number 10 Richard Gleeson (13) and last man Parkinson.

    The visitors were undone by 20-year-old seamer Keemo Paul who just missed out on a hat-trick as he finished with five for 49, while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed two for 38.

    Test star Jermaine Blackwood had earlier fallen short of a hundred with 99 while Cornwall made 44 and Andre McCarthy, 33, as Windies A rallied to 272 all out with a ball remaining, after opting to bat first.

    Captain Kieran Powell (24) lost opening partner Chandrapaul Hemraj to injury in the first over with the score on eight but combined with Blackwood to put on 54 for the first wicket.

    The left-handed Powell had faced 25 balls and counted four fours when he picked out his opposite number Keaton Jennings at short cover in the ninth over off seamer Paul Coughlin, (2-55) and Chase fell to the very next delivery courtesy a brilliant diving catch by wicketkeeper Alex Davies.

    However, Blackwood played responsibly, anchoring a series of partnerships to get Windies A up to a credible total.

    He added 44 for the third wicket with McCarthy, put on a further 68 for the fourth wicket with Cornwall before also posting 38 for the fifth with Jahmar Hamilton (14) and 40 for the sixth with Reifer (16).

    All told, the right-handed Blackwood faced 115 deliveries and struck five fours and three sixes, before driving leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson (2-33) to Jennings at short cover in the 44th over.

    Cornwall had earlier blasted six fours and one six in a 37-ball cameo before missing a heave and being sharply stumped in the 30th over.

    In reply, Lions had a strong start as Gubbins added 31 for the first wicket with Davies (6) before posting another 52 for the second wicket with Hain.

    The innings lay in good stead at 83 for one in the 14th over but Paul’s introduction triggered a sensational collapse which saw five wickets tumble for just 10 runs in the space of 27 deliveries.

    Cornwall claimed Gubbins to a catch by Odean Smith at short fine leg but it was Paul who broke the back of the innings in the 16th over when he knocked over Sam Northeast (1), Jennings (0) and Sam Curran (0) in quick succession.

    Curran survived the hat-trick delivery only to fall to the next ball, top-edging a pull to be caught by Powell.

    Slumping at 128 for eight in the 26th over, Lions were spared embarrassment by Hain who put on 37 with Gleeson for the ninth wicket before producing a valiant last-wicket effort with Parkinson.

  • Hetmyer, Gayle hundreds deny UAE

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Man-of-the-Match Shimron Hetmyer and veteran opener Chris Gayle both struck imperious hundreds as West Indies overwhelmed United Arab Emirates by 60 runs to make a winning start to their World Cup qualification campaign here Tuesday.

    Choosing to bat first in the Group A contest at Old Hararians, the Caribbean side motored to a massive 357 for four off their 50 overs, with Hetmyer blasting 127 and fellow left-hander Gayle carving out 123.

    Hetmyer faced 93 balls and belted 14 fours and four sixes to mark his maiden One-Day International hundred while Gayle lashed seven fours and 11 massive sixes in a 91-ball innings which delivered his 23rd one-day century.

    Stroke-maker Shai Hope gathered 35 before retiring hurt with a knock to knee in the final over while left-hander opener Evin Lewis struck 31.

    In reply, Rameez Shahzad stroked an impressive unbeaten 112 as UAE rallied to 297 for six off their allotted overs, in an effort that gained the minnows plaudits.

    Shaiman Anwar weighed in with 64, Adnan Mufti got 45 while Chirag Suri hit 38, as UAE did well to bat out their 50 overs despite the defeat.

    Captain Jason Holder was the best Windies bowler, picking up five for 53 with his medium pace.

    The result was never really in doubt once the Windies notched their fourth highest total in ODIs, as Gayle and Hetmyer dominated the inexperienced UAE attack.

    Gayle posted 88 for the first wicket with Lewis who faced 49 balls and struck three fours before falling lbw to left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza in the 17th over.

    His dismissal brought Gayle and Hetmyer together, and they added a further 103 for the second wicket to keep the Windies in cruise control.

    The 38-year-old Gayle provided the early momentum, punching five fours and three sixes to ease to his half-century off 47 deliveries, before racing to three figures off a mere 32 more balls.

    He brought up his landmark in the 25th over with a single down the ground off seamer Mohammed Naveed, to become only the third batsman to score ODI hundreds against 11 different countries.

    South African Hashim Amla and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar are the other two batsmen to have achieved the feat.

    Gayle then celebrated with successive sixes off the first three balls of the next over from captain and off-spinner Rohan Mustafa before eventually holing out to deep mid-wicket in the 29th over off leg-spinner Imran Haider.

    The 21-year-old Hetmyer quickly took charge of the innings, accelerating the scoring to reach his hundred off 78 balls in the 44th over. He added 77 for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels (15) and a further 65 for the fourth wicket with Hope before falling to a catch at the wicket off seamer Amir Hayat in the 48th over.

    In reply, UAE found themselves in early trouble when they lost their top three to slump to 69 for three in the 17th over.

    Seamer Kemar Roach had Mustafa caught at the wicket by Hetmyer for eight in the fourth over with the score on 19 and Holder struck twice, first claiming Ghulam Shabber caught and bowled for six in the 13th over and then sending back Chirag Suri caught behind.

    To UAE’s credit, however, there was no collapse as Shahzad and Anwar out on 144 to keep West Indies on their toes.

    The 30-year-old Shahzad counted nine fours and four sixes in a knock requiring 107 balls to post his second ODI century while Anwar faced 62 balls and slammed five fours and three sixes.

    Holder struck twice in the 39th over, removing Anwar and Mohammad Usman (1) and even though Shahzad and Mufti put on a lively 80 off 60 deliveries for the sixth wicket, the target proved beyond UAE’s reach.

    West Indies face Papua New Guinea in their second match on Thursday the same venue.

  • ‘We’ve come here to beat every single person’ – Jason Holder

    Windies won the first two editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, in 1975 and 1979, and made the final of the 1983 edition before losing to India.

    For the team to now be battling to get into the tournament’s 2019 edition has been quite a slide, and Carlos Brathwaite, the all-rounder, has already said that the team “didn’t want to be here” at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe.

    Jason Holder, the Windies captain, agreed, and said he wanted his team to be “ruthless”.

    “You’ve got to play good cricket, you’ve got to play consistent cricket. Have to just urge and stress to the guys that we’ve to be consistent in all departments and we’ve got to hold our chances when they come. We’ve got to put teams under pressure when we bat, and when we bowl we’ve got to be ruthless,” he said in the lead-up to the 10-team qualifying tournament.

    Ireland, at No.12 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings, are expected to be the biggest challengers in the group stage for Windies, ranked No.9, but Holder isn’t thinking of the opponents much – he just wants his team to knock everyone out.

    “We’re looking to win every game in the tournament,” he said. “We’ve got to do that by playing consistent cricket, we’ve got to take it step by step. We’ve got to make sure we take every game as it comes. We don’t want to look too far or get too far ahead of ourselves. As I said, we’ve come here to beat every single person.”

    Windies’ recent one-day international form has been far from satisfactory, as they lost a three-match series in New Zealand 3-0 in December 2017 and, prior to that, were beaten 4-0 in England in September.

    Despite that, Holder exuded confidence. “We’re really confident. Extremely confident,” he said. “I think I’m really confident because we’ve just come off our domestic competition back at home, and a number of guys have put in a really solid performance. They are confident coming into this tournament. I expect really good things from them, to continue their good form that they showed in the domestic competitions.”

    One of those men is Chris Gayle, whose ODI return has been a mixed bag. While he did get going in his comeback series in England, with scores of 37, 94 and 40 in three of the games, the New Zealand tour didn’t go too well.

    “He is an impact player. He is one of those players that can definitely take the game away from the opposition. He has proven that in the past, he is a proven performer at this stage. We expect him to win some games for us, help us get through this tournament and win this tournament,” said Holder.

    “Along with Chris, we’ve got some more impact players. We’ve got Marlon Samuels, Evin Lewis, and in the bowling department, we’ve got Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, I mean these are a few impact players. If these guys have really good tournaments, the others can support them nicely.”

  • Windies Women suffer narrow defeat in 1st ODI

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- WINDIES Women lost by the narrowest of margins, 1 run to the New Zealand White Ferns in the 1st ODI of the ICC Women’s Championships at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University. 

    Stafanie Taylor won the toss for the WINDIES Women and sent New Zealand into bat first. 

    The White Ferns got a solid start from their most experienced pair, in Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates. This pair posted a 76-run partnership before Bates fell for 44, caught behind off Hayley Matthews.

    Devine carried on, sharing a 60-run partnership with Amy Satterthwaite and then 63 with Katey Martin. Devine reached her third ODI century before she fell for 108 off 103 balls.

    The White Ferns middle order found it difficult to score as freely as the top-order. New Zealand finishing their innings on 278/9 from their 50 overs.

    The WINDIES Women had a tight bowling attack led by Captain Stafanie Taylor who finished with 3/54, followed by Afy Fletcher with 3/55 and Hayley Matthews 2/68.

    In their reply, WINDIES women lost their first wicket with the score on 31, when Hayley Matthews was bowled by Holly Huddleston for 18.

    Kycia Knight and Skipper Stafanie Taylor then consolidated adding 57 runs together before Kycia was trapped LBW for 38.

    Taylor was then joined by Chedean Nation and the 2 Jamaicans rebuilt the Windies innings with a 64-run partnership. Taylor reached her 30th half-century, then Nation fell for 29.

    Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper played short cameos with the Skipper of 11 and 9 respectively.

    Taylor soldiered on, taking on the bad deliveries and quick singles when the chances arose. She fell for a valiant 90 with the WINDIES still 64 runs short of victory.

    Merissa Aguilleira then joined Kyshonna Knight in the wicket and rotated the strike regularly. However, Aguilleira fell for a well-played 20.

    Afy Fletcher and Kyshonna had a mix-up in the middle which saw Fletcher run-out for 2.

    Tremayne Smartt made 3, as Shamilia Connell and Kyshonna Knight had 4 to make off the last ball.

    Connell connected with a shot straight back but could only get 2 as the WINDIES Women lost by 1 run.

    WINDIES Women finished in 277/9 from 50 overs. Leigh Kasperek, Holly Huddleston and Amelia Kerr had 2 wickets each.

    Player of the Match was Sophie Devine.

  • Windies will look to hit fresh targets

    The Windies coach Stuart Law has said his side will have to be smarter in approach in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, which will produce two sides that will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

    “It is not going to be making 300 plus and then bowling teams out. It is going to be working out how to get to 180 to 220 and then deciding how to get the 10 wickets. To be honest, the wickets (in the warm-up matches) weren’t as conducive as we want to play and so just have to come up with different ways to go about it.

    “We do target 300-plus as we found in New Zealand, that’s probably a benchmark score these days in One-Day Internationals. Here, we have to lower that target just to make sure we are safe to play better cricket or make better decisions out in the middle and get the job done,” said Law in Harare on Friday.

    The Windies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 30 September 2017 cut-off date. The four sides have been joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Nepal, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates.

    The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier begins on Sunday, 4 March, and the Windies will play their opening match against the United Arab Emirates, the side which nearly beat them in the second warm-up match on Thursday.

    “The strength of lot of Associate teams is based around spin and the quicks they have seem to be pretty reasonable as well. We can’t just go out and blast and dominate against these attacks. We have to be a little smarter to go about it.

    “Our bowlers have been consistently taking wickets upfront and we have a good mix of off-spin, left-arm spin and leg-spin. I think it is a well-balanced attack that we take into each game.

    “Our quicks are a bit more capable of getting the ball up at high speed, which the Associates don’t probably get to see a lot of and this is something that we can use to our advantage. As the event will progress, the wickets will spin more and we have quality spinners as well.”

    Law, who played one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia from 1994 to 1999, valued the presence of stalwarts like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Nikita Miller in the side saying it was up to the youngsters to observe and learn from these players.

    “You can’t buy experience on a shelf. You need these guys in these tough conditions to stand up as well and guide the youngsters through the difficult periods. Then it is just up to the younger or less experienced players to listen, heed the advice and carry forward into their game.”

    Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who played in 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for the Windies from 1987 to 1999, shrugged off the ‘favourites’ tag, when he said: “I am not putting the ‘favourites’ tag on me. We have just come here to play cricket, we need to play proper cricket and win this tournament.

    “I am one of those who wants to win all the time, and I think these guys are the same. So, the more we will win, the easier it will get for us in the Super Six stage. You win the Super Six stage, you are in the World Cup as well as in the final. That’s how we look at it.”

    Afghanistan will take on Scotland in their opening match at the Bulawayo Athletic Club on Sunday, March 4, and Simmons admitted he was not fully satisfied with his side’s performance in the warm-up matches.

    “We haven’t done a lot of things we wanted to do in the warm-up matches. But, at the same time, the boys have been sharp in Sharjah and I am sure the sharpness is still there, maybe a bit of jet-lag but we will get there. Hopefully, we will be able to put everything together come Sunday.

    “All of us are looking forward to the tournament. It’s good that it is being held in high esteem, but you have to come out and do it. We had two good outings in the warm-up games and now it’s about business. So, we are looking forward to Sunday.”

    The UAE coach Dougie Brown, who played 25 ODIs and two T20Is for England from 1997 to 2007, refused to predict the finalists, saying the warm-ups have shown that any team can beat any team.

    “It is going to be one hell of a ride in this tournament. Teams are going to be flying by the seat of their pants for a lot of it. There is going to be some weather around and that is going to affect teams and the decision-making that people make because pressure does funny things to you. We try to take pressure off but to give you the two teams to qualify for the World Cup, I couldn’t because it is that close.”

    The UAE will face PNG on Sunday March 4 at the Harare Sports Club and will then take on the Windies at the Old Hararians on Tuesday, March 6.

    Brown said his side’s first priority will be to retain the ODI status. “Obviously, we come here as a lower-ranked side and it would be wrong of us to just say that we are going to qualify for the World Cup. There are four Test nations here, they are probably, and quite rightly, thinking they have World Cup qualification very much in their hands.

    “But for us, retaining the ODI status is very important. In order to do that, we have to qualify for the Super Six. That said, there is a little bit of dream and all of us believe we might qualify for the World Cup.

    “Obviously at this stage, a lot of cricket has to be played and we have to play exceptionally well, but we have seen so far in the warm-up games, everybody can beat everybody in this tournament and all we need to do is to get on the right side of good fortune, make sure the players are playing well, which they are, have the confidence and maybe create a little bit of momentum and who knows?

    “But, retaining the ODI status is very much forefront of the thought, but who’s to say we can’t qualify for the World Cup.”

    Sunday’s fixtures (matches start 09h30 local time, matches featuring the Netherlands and Nepal will be classified as non-ODIs as the two sides don’t have ODI status coming into this tournament):

    • Ireland v Netherlands, Old Hararains (Group A)
    • PNG v UAE, Harare Sports Club (Group A)
    • Zimbabwe v Nepal, Queens Sports Club (Group B)
    • Afghanistan v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club (Group B)
  • Windies “A” squad for One-day Series against England Lions

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced on Friday a 13-member WINDIES “A” squad for three One-day matches against England Lions on March 6, 9 and 11 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here.


    Kieran Powell (Captain)

    Jahmar Hamilton (Vice Captain)

    Jermaine Blackwood

    Roston Chase

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Chandrapaul Hemraj 

    Kavem Hodge

    Andre McCarthy

    Keemo Paul

    Raymon Reifer

    Romario Shepherd

    Odean Smith

    Jomel Warrican

    Team Management Unit

    Floyd Reifer (Head Coach)

    Rayon Griffith (Manager/Assistant Coach)

    Roddy Estwick (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Gregory Seale (Strength & Conditioning Coach)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst)


    The One-day series comes on the heels of the “Test” series which WINDIES “A” swept 3-0, bringing kudos from Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne.

    “The ‘Test’ side had an outstanding series, and the panel would like to congratulate the team and coaching staff for a stellar performance against the English,” he said.

    “The ‘Test’ squad reflected the majority of those players that have been with our WINDIES ‘A’ programme for the last 18 months or more, plus some senior Test team players that needed to make justification for further senior Test match consideration. This allowed us to put out a strong squad against the England Lions.”

    On the forthcoming One-day series, Browne said: “This WINDIES ‘A’ One-day squad has a few new faces and these players have been identified based on their Super50 Cup performances. We are now looking forward to similar performances from the players in the One-day series that are worthy of challenging for senior team slots.

    “Our performances in One-day Internationals at the senior level have not been consistent for a number of years now and we need to start identifying players that can help us to become a more consistent ODI team.”

    On the new faces in the One-day squad, Browne said: “Hodge had a very good all-round performance for his franchise which helped them to win the Super50 Cup. His ability to bowl up front with his left-arm spin bowling is an asset and his very capable middle-order batting brings a good dimension to the squad.

    “Chandrapaul Hemraj looked promising with the bat during the Digicel 4-Day Championship and Super50 Cup, so he has been given an opportunity to stake a claim for one of the opening positions, where we’ve lacked consistency in our international cricket.

    “Romario Shepherd, whose ability to bowl with good pace and control in the Power Play, gave him the nod over other contenders, and Keemo Paul was an ICC Youth World Cup winner with our Under-19 squad two years ago and has progressed nicely, plus his ability to swing the new and old ball along with his athleticism in the field adds good value to the squad.”

  • Kenny Benjamin, Sylvester Joseph among commentators for Windies A One Day series

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Former fast bowler, Kenny Benjamin and former middle-order batsman, Sylvester Joseph will be part of a four-man commentary team for the upcoming three-match one day series, featuring WINDIES A and the England Lions.

    Benjamin represented the West Indies in 26 tests and 26 ODIs between 1992 and 1998, having also played first class cricket for the Leeward Islands and Worcestershire. Since his retirement, he has spent significant time in the development of his club, the Liberta Blackhawks. He is the Head Coach. He holds Level 3 Coach certification and has served as Bowling Coach to the West Indies and USA Cricket Teams.

    Joseph, also known as Bouncing, represented the West Indies in 5 tests and 13 ODIs between 2004 & 2007. He was Captain of the West Indies at the 1998 ICC Under 19 World Cup. He is currently an umpire.

    Benjamin and Joseph will be joined by experienced sport journalist, Jack Matthew and cricket operations expert, Zorol Barthley.

    In what is expected to be a keenly contested series, the England Lions will be seeking to avenge the three-nil whitewashing in the 4Day format.

    The day/night matches on Tuesday, March 6; Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 11 will be at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, starting at 2pm each day. The tickets will be at an affordable EC$15 each day.

  • Windies A looks ahead to One Day series following its 3-0 win in the 4-Day

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Less than two days after the exciting end to the Super50 Cup FINAL and the Super50 Cricket Festival (last Saturday), cricket returned to Antigua and Barbuda on Monday (February 26). WINDIES A completed a 3-0 series win over the England Lions.

    Well, there will be more cricket. For three days, March 6, 9 and 11, the same teams will do battle in the 50-overs format.

    Having just completed a comprehensive whitewash in the 4-Day format, the team hopes to carry their form into the 50-overs.

    With great performances from young players at the Super50 Cup and 4-Day WINDIES A games so fresh in the minds of the fans, Commercial Director, Dominic Warne, is appealing to fans “to come out and support the next generation of WINDIES players at the 3-game 50-over ODI series next week and build up the legendary West Indies atmosphere.

    “Not only will the series feature players trying to break into both the elite WINDIES and England teams, but it will also feature two local Leeward Islanders, Jahmar Hamilton and Rakheem Cornwall, to capture the pride and support of local fans.

    Warne noted that “we want to make this series as accessible as possible, so the ticket prices are an affordable EC$15, plus we’ll have a wide range of food items along with music at the venue for the entire family.” 

    The day/night matches will be at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, starting at 2pm each day.

  • Miller Time as Windies take aim at World Cup

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Experienced left-arm spinner Nikita Miller says he is willing to do “all that’s required for the team” to see the Windies qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The 35-year-old showed his skill and control on Thursday with a brilliant spell of bowling as Windies overcame United Arab Emirates in a low-scoring warm-up match Harare Sports Club. He took five for 20 off 10 overs to dismiss the UAE for 83, after Windies made 115 on a surface offering generous turn to the slow bowlers.

    “It was a good day for me. I got five wickets at a crucial stage in the match and did was required by the team. That’s what its all about for me, doing what the team needs to win. I’m all about doing the job,” Miller said. “It was very important for us to get some solid cricket under our belts as we prepare for the tournament.

    “We didn’t go so well in the first warm-up match against Afghanistan, which didn’t go according to plan. So we had to get things together, and even though we didn’t get enough runs, our bowling display was excellent and congrats must go to all the bowlers for putting in a very good performance, especially Kemar Roach the early part of their innings. I think the bowling display was very good today.”

    Miller is one of the most experienced members of the Windies squad at the qualifier tournament. He made his international debut in 2008 against Australia but has been in and out of the team. He played in two World Cups in Asia in 2011 and the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. He made a return to Windies colours on the tour of New Zealand late last year and has been impressive.

    “The main goal is to get to the World Cup. We need to apply ourselves and get full ready for that opening match. We have some very experienced players who have played a lot of international cricket and have seen many situations in the game so we will be ready for whatever is thrown at us,” Miller said. “We will have play to our strengths and draw on our experience. I made my debut 10 years and I have played a lot of cricket. I’m not thinking about myself but I’m thinking about the team in every situation.”

  • Roach: Smart cricket will win it

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Kemar Roach, the Windies pacer, says his team need to play an aggressive brand of cricket if they are to finish in the top two at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier and progress to the tournament proper.

    Coming off a good run of form in Regional Super50 tournament back home, where he picked up 10 wickets in five matches for Barbados Pride, Roach is concentrating on managing his body and playing smart.

    “I’m always fighting, backing myself to perform,” said the 29-year-old. “I’m in a good spirit right now, and I just want to go out and give it my best shot.

    “You’ve got to be smart in one-day cricket now. It’s been tougher on bowlers, you’ve to be smart, do your job, and do what is required for the team to win.”

    Roach, who is on 99 ODI wickets from 67 matches, within touching distance of becoming the 16th West Indian to join the 100 club. He was highly impressive in Thursday’s warm-up match against UAE, taking three wickets with the new ball. He also lauded the appointment of Alfonso Thomas as the new bowling coach.

     “Thommo is a fantastic, well-respected bowler,” said Roach. “He has brought a lot of ideas to us so far. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

    Roach added it is now time to get their game faces on and prepare for the challenge ahead.

    “We just have to play our style of cricket, just play our brand, express ourselves, and be positive,” he said. “I don’t see why can’t come out on top in this tournament – we’ve world-beaters on our side. Once everyone fires, we should be fine.”

    The Windies take on UAE in their first match of the tournament on Tuesday, March 6 at the Old Hararians Ground.