West Indies to play last ODI against England to clear World Cup berth

 . Last updated on March 9, 2017, 4:55 PM
West Indies to play last ODI against England to clear World Cup berth
West Indies captain Jason Holder, must play with a winning strategy to salvage the team.


West Indies has already lost the series to England, but the team should still try to win the match in Barbados. The team is struck on 84 points in ODI ranking. A win in the upcoming match would lift the team to 86. To keep on with the competition, the team must win the last match. In its next campaign, it would fight against Pakistan, who is just five points ahead in the ODI list. The next tournament will be the doorway for West Indies into their automatic qualification in World Cup. It would play four fixtures against Pakistan at home. To be among the top eight team, West Indies must beat England in the next ODI and wobble Pakistan in the upcoming series. As the process follows Stuart Law, West Indies must try hard for direct entry.

West Indies had a better prospect in the matches if there had been Shannon Gabriel. The player was dropped from the team because a side strain in the Antigua match. He was the top attacker in the team with his excellent pace. His replacement Miguel Cummins would be a crux of the team to determine their further stance. For England, the eye is on Champions’ Trophy, which is to be played this year. Winning against West Indies, in two ODIs, have heightened their prospects for the tournament. Players like Joe Root have further forged a strong impression of further victory for the team. In the last match, England highlighted itself as a smart team with intensive abilities to win in adverse situations.

Kraigg Braithwaite could not knock hard in the recent matches. In nine innings, he posed only a single half century. In the recent matches his strike rate was 57.96, which is slower that all other batsmen with a qualification of 100. With such a dim performance, the player would not make a stance in the team. In the next match, Braithwaite must show a massive strength to be with the team. Players from England like Jos Butler and Eoin Morgan, the skipper, has been tough recently. On the other hand, Ben Stokes emerged out the strongest attack who displayed intense bowling throughout the recently concluded series.

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