West Indies cricket coach says exciting times ahead for squad

Assistant coach Roddy Estwick.

Despite a recent disappointing record in One-Day Internationals, assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes the signs are there that West Indies are about to turn around their fortunes in the format.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s start of the three-match ODI series against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Estwick said not only did the Caribbean side possess the quality players necessary but were also beginning to develop a high class work ethic in their preparation.

“It’s exciting times for us. When you look at somebody like [Shimron] Hetmyer, [Nicholas] Pooran, Shai Hope — we’ve got young batsmen who are developing,” he told a media conference in India Friday (Dec 13). But the key thing is how you prepare, if you’re prepared to work hard and you’ve got a benchmark in Virat Kohli — somebody who you will see in the gym and will work very, very hard, and once our players can learn from players like that then we’ve got a chance because without hard work there’s no success, and hard work is boring but it gives you great success. Once they can learn and keep working, keep dealing with the process then they’ve got a chance.”

West Indies have struggled in ODIs in recent years and currently languish at number nine, ahead only of the likes of minnows Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

However, the year began with much promise when they held world number ones England to a 2-2 draw in a five-match series at the Caribbean. But a wretched World Cup campaign where they managed just two wins in nine matches and finished ninth, coupled with a subsequent series loss to India at home, saw their form slump again.

Estwick said the players had lifted themselves well for the ongoing subcontinent tour, however, and reflected the high level of professionalism required.

— CMC