On the eve of the West Indies third game in Ireland, captain Jason Holder heaped praise on wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope, saying that the 25-year-old opener has the potential to be among the region’s best One-Day International players ever.

Holder said vice captain Hope has been “special” in both his centuries – against Ireland and Bangladesh and says he hold the key as the Windies will go in search of an improved performance when they face the Irish again on Saturday, hoping to secure a berth in the final.

Hope has been in imperious form in the ongoing tri-series in Ireland, where he has reeled off back-to-back centuries. In the series opener against the hosts Ireland, Hope struck a career-best 170 and partnered John Campbell for a 365-run opening stand – the highest for the first wicket in ODI history. West Indies racked up 381-3 and won by 196 runs.

In the next game, against Bangladesh, Hope’s 109 was integral in lifting West Indies to 261-9, as the rest of the line-up wobbled slightly. During the course of that innings, Hope also crossed 2,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest West Indian to the mark. Hope got there in 47 innings, beating the great Viv Richards by one innings.

“Shai has been our most consistent player over the last two years,” Holder said. “He’s the quickest West Indian to 2,000 runs, which is a really phenomenal feat. I saw the list of guys on the TV and it’s really good to have him in that company, and if he continues in that vein, he could be arguably one of our best ODI players to ever play.

“Performances like that is something we’re definitely looking for. John [Campbell] got a hundred in the first game, [but] unfortunately, wasn’t fit enough to play the second. But hopefully, we can get him back on the park and firing on all cylinders once more.”

Holder said it was now crucial West Indies upped their game and rectified the mistakes they had made during that loss.

“I thought we batted really well in the first game and in the second game it was probably a little bit tougher in terms of the pace of the wicket and trying to get runs flowing,” Holder said ahead of the contest at The Village in Malahide.

“I think we’ve had a few discussions over the last couple days just how we can improve if we find ourselves back in that situation. It’s just a matter for us to try to get 300-plus runs on the board each time we go out there and we bat.

“I think we were just a little bit off the boil in the last game and in this game, we are just looking to do a few more things better and get up to that 300-run mark that we’re looking for.”

West Indies dominated their first meeting with Ireland entirely. Their 381 for three was their second highest in ODIs and the margin of victory was the their fourth largest in ODIs and largest in five years.

Their bowling was also incisive, especially up front when they reduced the hosts to 21 for three in the fifth over. Following middle order resistance, they took the last seven Irish wickets for just 33 runs.

They will be keeping anxious watch on the weather, however, especially after heavy rain forced the abandonment of Thursday’s match between Ireland and Bangladesh at the venue.

“It should be a really good game again, hopefully the weather stays away,” Holder said.

“We had a really good game against Ireland in the first round and basically it’s getting deeper into the competition now and we want to win this game and then secure a spot into the finals.

“We obviously just need to bat well and bowl well and hopefully we can get the result we’re looking for.”

The series forms part of the preparations for West Indies ahead of the May 30 to July 14 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, where they open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31.

And Holder said one of the aims of the ongoing series would be for players to improve themselves head of the showpiece.

“I’m happy with how things are going so far. I think the guys have been working really hard. They’ve been very, very disciplined,” the world-rated all-rounder pointed out.

“We were probably not at our best in the last game but we had tons of discussions over the last few days on how we can get better and how we can improve, which is what you want in a young group like this one.

“So I’m very, very positive that we can bounce back against Ireland and when we play Bangladesh the second time around, we will put up a much better performance.”



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DUBLIN, Ireland – Shai Hope continued his rich vein of form to lead the West Indies batting with his second straight hundred in the Tri-Nations One-day International Series against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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Former West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse dies aged 85

Former West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse died on Monday after a long illness. Nurse, 85, played 29 Tests between 1960 and 1969.

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Shai Hope and Chris Gayle named as Vice Captains

DUBLIN, Ireland – Shai Hope and Chris Gayle have been named as the vice captains of West Indies team for the Ireland Tri-Nation Series and ICC Cricket World Cup, respectively.

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DUBLIN, Ireland – John Campbell and Shai Hope covered themselves in fame, when they shared 365 and shattered the World record for the biggest opening stand in the history of One-day Internationals to set the foundation for a 196-run victory for West Indies over Ireland in the Tri-Nation Series today.

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West Indies arrive in Ireland, set to face hosts on Sunday

DUBLIN, Ireland – West Indies arrived in Ireland on Wednesday evening as they prepare for the upcoming Tri-Nation Series featuring the host nation and Bangladesh.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Talismanic opener Chris Gayle heads a powerful batting line-up that sees the return of fellow left-hander Evin Lewis, and Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel lead an exciting bowling attack in the preliminary squad of two-time champions West Indies for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

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CAVE HILL, Barbados – Marquee batsman Darren Bravo said on Wednesday, West Indies would be focussing on executing their unique style of play at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

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Lara’s epic 153 not out; Adams takes us back to amazing win

March 30, 1999, will go down in cricket history as one of the greatest days for the West Indies. On that day, at the historic Kensington Oval in Barbados, a hero performed one of the game’s most amazing feats.

Brian Lara scored his epic 153 not out – rated by many observers as the best fourth innings knock in the game’s history. With the Windies needing a near impossible 310 for victory on a deteriorating fifth day pitch, Lara went where no man had gone before.

His score was just under half the team’s total, the Windies reached the improbable target with nine wickets down – Lara did what Lara did best – and the home fans left rejoicing with a victory by the narrow margin of one wicket.

Lara’s team found their mojo and their voice, and the entire region was caught up in rapturous merriment and celebration. The Aussies were stunned into silence.

It was 20 years ago, but Jimmy Adams, remembered the day like it was yesterday.

“This date marks the 20th anniversary of the third Test of the 1999 home series against Australia which was played in Barbados,” said Adams.

“The game was an interesting one in the context of the West Indies having been whitewashed in South Africa, losing the first Test of the series badly in Trinidad and then staging a very good comeback in Jamaica to square the series against the then world champions.”

Adams, who is now Cricket West Indies’ Director of Cricket added:

“The pressure on both teams going into the Barbados Test was huge with a lot at stake. My abiding memory is of Brian’s magnificent innings in the last innings which was set up by Walsh’s wickets in Australia’s second innings. To beat the best team in the world even after they had scored almost 500 runs in their first innings was a major achievement for our team.”

Walsh took 5-39 off 17.1 overs in the second innings, as the Aussies folded for 146. He would return with the bat in the second innings to help Lara complete the record win.

Earlier, Sherwin Campbell made 105 – his second Test ton on home soil – as the home side scored 329 in reply to 490.

“A lot of analysis has gone into that Test, in particular, and the series as a whole, but what is undeniable is the fact that a game of cricket played over five days can encompass every possible human emotion,” said Adams. “As a player, that game was one of the most emotionally draining encounters I had ever been through. To have made it through with a positive outcome will remain one of the highlights of my career.”


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WI v ENG: 3rd Sandals T20I | Match Highlights Powered By Suzuki

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – An International Home Tour in which they scaled memorable heights ended sadly for WINDIES, after another perplexing batting collapse saw the reigning World Twenty20 champions dismissed cheaply and England clinch an eight-wicket victory on Sunday here, to sweep the Sandals Twenty20 International Series.


The WINDIES batting was undermined by a destructive spell from left-arm fast-medium bowler David Willey, whose 4-7 from three overs – the second-best ever for an England bowler in T20Is – earned him the Player-of-the-Match award and set the visitors up in the final match at a smoke-filled Warner Park, caused by a nearby bushfire.

Choosing to bat, the WINDIES were bowled out for 71 – their third lowest total in a T20I ever – in exactly 13 overs – the fifth shortest completed T20I innings ever – two days after they fell for their lowest ever T20I total of 45. No batsman reached 20.

The WINDIES bowlers then failed to conjure up any magic, as England raced to victory with little trouble, although they lost the scalps of openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow before their captain Eoin Morgan firmly swept a flighted delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo through backward square leg for four to formalise the result with 57 balls remaining.

The result meant that the WINDIES were swept 0-3 in the series, after they lost the first match by four wickets last Tuesday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia and the second match by 137 runs two days ago at this venue.

Today, Shai Hope was caught at cover off Willey for a duck, driving loosely at a slower delivery (nought for one, 0.1 overs).

Shimron Hetmyer was caught at mid-off for eight off Willey, miscuing a lofted drive (10 for two, 2.4 overs).

John Campbell was caught at cover for 11 off Willey, skying a lofted drive at a slower delivery (24 for three, 4.1 overs).

Darren Bravo was caught behind for four off Willey, edging a delivery that squared him up, then lifted and left him (24 for four, 4.3 overs).

WINDIES captain Jason Holder was caught inside the long-off boundary off part-time leg-spinner Joe Denly for 11, miscuing an ill-advised, lofted drive (45 for five, 8.5 overs).

Nicholas Pooran was caught at deep mid-wicket off Mark Wood for 11, pulling a short ball to deep mid-wicket (48 for six, 9.4 overs).

Fabian Allen was bowled by leg-spinner Adil Rashid for seven, playing back and across to a googly from leg-spinner Adil Rashid (54 for seven, 10.3 overs).

Carlos Brathwaite was brilliantly caught behind off Wood for a duck, trying to steer a delivery to third man and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, seemingly beaten for pace and lift, just stuck out a mitt and the ball stuck (56 for eight, 11.2 overs).

Sheldon Cottrell was bowled by Wood for four, making room and essaying a flashy drive (60 for nine, 11.5 overs).

And, Obed McCoy was bowled by Rashid for 10, playing back and across to a googly to bring the innings to a close, leaving Devendra Bishoo not out on three.

Bowling: Willey 3-0-7-4; Curran 1-0-8-0; Jordan 2-0-14-0 (w1); Denly 2-0-14-1; Wood 3-0-9-3; Rashid 2-0-18-2.

When WINDIES bowled, Holder had Alex Hales caught at deep back square leg for 20 from a miscued hook (21 for one, 4.3 overs).

And, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo bowled Bairstow for 37, playing back and across to a delivery that spun sharply (60 for two, 8.1 overs).

Bowling: Cottrell 1-0-16-0; Allen 4-1-25-0; Holder 3-0-19-1 (w1); Bishoo 1.3-1-11-1; Campbell 1-0-1-0.

Barbados-born, England pace bowler Chris Jordan was named Player-of-the-Series.



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