West Indies coach John Dyson is expecting a much more competitive showing when his side takes on Bangladesh in the three-match One-Day International series, beginning this weekend in Dominica.
Following strike action by West Indian players, a makeshift side went down to a 2-0 Test series defeat, but Dyson is positive that the shorter format will bring the two sides together.
“This is a totally different game now," Dyson said in Dominica. "We’re playing 50 over cricket, not five day cricket. The matches (two Digicel Tests) were closely fought, it wasn’t a case where we were thrashed in either of the matches, we could have won both so I don’t think there’s much in it,”
Dominica hosts the first two matches on Sunday 26th July and Tuesday 28th July before the two sides move on to Saint Kitts for the final match on Friday 31st July and a Twenty20 International on Sunday 2nd August.
Despite the Test series defeat, Dyson had words of praise for his young, inexperienced side.
“For guys who had little experience in international cricket to come forward like that and play as well as they did, I think they did pretty well,” he said.
“They’ve played some good cricket so far, unfortunately we weren’t able to get across the line and win the two (Digicel) Test matches but they were very closely fought."
International cricket is set to be played at Dominica for the first time when the two teams step out on Sunday and although the strike action is set to end, the big-name stars will not be playing.
West Indies: Floyd Reifer (Captain), Darren Sammy (Vice Captain), David Bernard, Travis Dowlin, Andre Fletcher, Rawl Lewis, Nikita Miller, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge
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