Richardson sees more Windies success

Dhaka, Bangladesh – West Indies Team Manager Richie Richardson has praised the team for this fine showing in the last ICC Cricket World Cup match against the Netherlands on Monday night.

He singled out fast bowler Kemar Roach for special plaudits after he became the first West Indian to take a hat-trick in a World Cup match.

Speaking after Wednesday’s training session at the Shere-e-Bangla Stadium, the former Windies batting great and skipper urged his players to maintain their form when they face Bangladesh on Friday. First ball is 2.30 pm (4.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/3.30 am Jamaica Time).

“We saw a very good performance from the team in the match against the Netherlands and that has set the tone for the matches to come. You could see the self-belief and the commitment and everyone contributed to the team’s overall success. The players have been preparing really well and doing a lot of work. We believe we can go all the way and do some great things in this World Cup,” he told reporters.

Against the Netherlands Roach took a career-best 6-27 including a solo hat-trick – the sixth in World Cup history – to finish off the innings for 115. The Windies won the match by 215 runs and moved to third spot in Group B with two points from two matches at an impressive Net Run Rate of +1.879.

“Roach’s bowling performance was simply superb. He showed the ability to take wickets with the new ball and then returned and got a superb hat-trick to end the match. It was the kind of performance to inspire the team,” Richardson said.

Looking ahead to Friday night’s match Richardson added: “Anything is possible in cricket if guys play well. In this part of the world, the wickets have the reputation of favouring the spinners. But at the end of the day if you are good enough as a seam bowler or fast bowler you can do well in any condition. It’s all about assessing conditions, assessing the pitches and making the adjustment.”

He backed the other Windies bowlers to deliver as well. “What we find now is a lot of seam bowlers are bowling with lots of variation. We see slow balls, bouncers and a lot more variety. It takes a little while before the batsmen get used to all this variety,” he said.

The West Indies will have another training session on Thursday evening as they prepare for Friday’s match.

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