Windies target whitewash
MANCHESTER – Unpredictable West Indies face the improbable task of whitewashing favourites England in their five-match one-day international cricket series starting here today, as they chase a quickly dissipating dream of direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.
The Caribbean side’s recent poor form has seen them plunge to number nine in the ICC ODI rankings, with only hosts England and the remaining top seven sides by the September 30 cut-off date later this month, gaining automatic berths at the showpiece in England.
What makes a whitewash even more difficult for the Windies is the fact they have not beaten England in a one-day series in ten years.
They have won just three of their last 20 ODIs and even struggled against Bangladesh in a three-match series in the Caribbean in June, managing only a 1-1 draw. (CMC)
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