West Indies vs England - 1st ODI

For the West Indies, it was another day and yet another humiliating series defeat. The more embarrassing aspect though was the defeat came in the form of a whitewash at home, as Eoin Morgan-led England simply mauled the Calypso Kings in the third and final ODI at Barbados. This proved to be West Indies’ second consecutive bilateral series whitewash loss, after their 3-0 defeat to Pakistan in the UAE last year.

With Jason Holder’s side staring at an all-time low after having missed a berth in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, aggression can be West Indies’ only way to get back to winning ways. A couple of years ago, England was faced with a similar dilemma after they crashed out of the 2015 World Cup without even making it to the quarter-finals.

From there on, England completely changed its ODI structure and emphasized more towards backing the young guns. The results are there for one and all as England now is a strong ODI team. According to West Indies coach Stuart Law, his side can seek some much needed inspiration from their recent opponents.

“Two years ago at the World Cup, England were in a pretty big hole,” Law said.

“But they’ve gone back, changed the way they play, the way they’ve approached every game and it has started to work for them.

“It’s an amazing transformation in two years. I’m hoping in two years’ time we can sit down and say something’s happening to revive West Indies cricket, something to get us competitive against these bigger teams.”

Speaking about the series as a whole, Law said,

“The first glimpse of what I’ve got to work with and there are some very encouraging signs.

“I thought we bowled particularly well throughout the series. Today probably wasn’t our best, but the first two were good.

“With the batting, we had guys getting starts but no one going on to get big scores. That’s the area we need to improve. I’m not pleased with the result but very, very happy to see some guys who have actually got something to give out there and want to be there to do it,” he concluded.

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