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Serious series – Windies to come hard at England, says Gibson


Serious series – Windies to come hard at England, says Gibson

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Head coach Ottis Gibson has described the limited-overs series against England starting this weekend as important to the West Indies’ preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh starting next month.
The Windies cricketers arrived in Antigua on Monday afternoon and had a full training session on Tuesday morning at the match venue, the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
“We’re building toward the ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and that’s important for us, but this series is also very important for us,” Gibson told reporters.
“We will play this series as one-day internationals (ODIs), because that is what they are, and we will play hard and tough cricket and look to beat England.
“We haven’t played great one-day cricket over the last six to eight months, so we have to try and treat these games as they are [trials] and win them for sure.”
The recent series between New Zealand and West Indies ended 2-2 with the Caribbean side winning the final match to level the series.
In the final match West Indies made a record 363-4 to win by 202 runs. One match was washed out.
“We’re at home so hopefully we will benefit from home advantage.
“We went to New Zealand recently with a depleted side and we managed to level that series and we came away thinking that we could have won it,” Gibson said.
“Hopefully we can come out and entertain our fans and give them something to smile about because we have not given them much to smile about recently in this format.”
The upcoming series against England starts tomorrow, with the second match carded for Sunday and the third match next Wednesday.
Dynamic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has played 155 ODIs, is captaining the side.
After the ODIs, the teams will play a three-match T20 series in Barbados as part of preparations for the World T20. West Indies are the defending world champions.