CHRISTCHURCH – Unlike the warm reception, glorious weather and generous smiles in Nelson, the West Indies arrived here yesterday to a colder greeting.
The temperature has dropped, the fan support on the ground is not the same and the regional unit is heavily banking on the fitness of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn to flip the frown on their faces after losing the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Benn’s absence was cruelly missed in the last match and will be crucial here in Christ Church against a Pakistan team that will be considering playing four spinners versus a team whose top order struggled against Ireland at Nelson.
The tall, lanky left-armer suffered from stiffness and was a late withdrawal on Sunday, prompting many to wonder why his teammate Nikita Miller who delivers with the same arm, if not accuracy, was not included.
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