Soul-searching for Windies after dismal loss, says Law
MOUNT MAUNGANUI – Head coach Stuart Law says West Indies have “soul-searching” to do after suffering a 119-run crushing at the hands of New Zealand in yesterday’s final Twenty20 International to end the eight-match tour without a single win.
The Caribbean side lost both Tests by healthy margins, were whitewashed 3-0 in the One-Day International series, before going down 2-0 in the three-match Twenty20 series.
The only match in which they escaped defeat was the second T20 on New Year’s Day which was rained off after nine overs.
“It was a pretty disappointing tour. New Zealand played good, disciplined cricket, but we fell short,” Law said.
“We need to do a lot of hard work, planning and understanding. That means some soul-searching by looking in the mirror and asking if we gave it everything to change a game, get into a game and win a game.
“It’s not just going to happen.”
West Indies suffered in the Twenty20 series in part from the absence of several key players. The veteran pair of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard both pulled out of the squad for “personal reasons” while match-winner Marlon Samuels was forced out due to injury.
Rookie opener Evin Lewis, one of few batsmen with two international Twenty20 hundreds, was unavailable for selection also for “personal reasons.”
The Windies were also without experienced players like Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons, all of whom were members of the World Twenty20 winning side in 2016 in India.
Law said the late withdrawal of some experienced players had hurt West Indies.
“They know this format inside out. It’s difficult trying to organise players when they pull out at the last minute,” the Australian explained.
“It’s almost impossible trying to sort visas and flights from the Caribbean in 24 hours.
“Those decisions didn’t help, but the players we had were good enough to play with passion and pride to show we can play the game.”
The reigning world champions have lost nine of their 17 outings since their triumph in India.
They have now lost every full series they have contested against higher-ranked sides, with their only full series triumph coming in a 3-0 win over minnows Afghanistan last June.
Law admitted the latest series loss had been difficult for the side.
“Sometimes you have to go to the bottom before you move forward. Everyone’s feeling down.” (CMC)