To talk about Windies, it’s not always about the entertainment – they have been the world-beaters. With the major overhauling in the set-up, the newly-recruited head coach Floyd Reifer is confident of their team led by Jason Holder doing well in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 scheduled in England and Wales.
Reifer, who is hopeful of his wards – to prove their credentials further maintained the good performances in bowling and fielding would help teams to win the ODI showpiece.
The 46-year-old former Windies cricketer Reifer maintained the County pitches are full of runs. However, he added Windies’ bowling will win games for them. He said the Caribbean team has X Factor—to make it count for their team in the United Kingdom (UK).
“We did a lot of specifics. We worked on bowling plans, we did a lot of stuff on death bowling. All in all, the energy levels are very high. It is a really good team. There is a blend of experience and youth. At the World Cup, we have the X factor. The camaraderie is there,” ICC quoted Floyd Reifer, as saying.
Reifer has the belief that Windies will lift the coveted title. Also, he has boasted about their bowling department.
“Looking at the pitches in England in the county circuit, they are very high-scoring. But I still think that the team that bowls and fields the best will win the World Cup. The batters are expected to score runs, but I think bowling is going to win it for us,” Reifer stated.
Gayle and Russell to boost Windies:
Meanwhile, Windies will kick-off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 31st of May at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The two-time Champions have availed the services of marquee players including Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.
While speaking about senior campaigners, Reifer hinted the inclusion of Gayle and Russell will strengthen the core. The Windies team is all set to prepare for the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
“Gayle and Russell, they’re hardened professionals. They are going to blend right into the team and are getting ready to win the World Cup,” Reifer concluded.
Currently, Gayle and Russell, in particular, are partaking in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Windies World Cup-bound players will join the national team before flying to England.