DHAKA – West Indies crumbled under pressure and suffered a demoralising 2-0 Test series defeat against Bangladesh last weekend but Shai Hope believes they can put that behind and give a good account of themselves in the three-match ODI series starting Sunday.
The Caribbean side los the opening Test by 64 runs in Chittagong before going down by an innings and 184 runs in the second in Dhaka. Neither encounter went beyond three days.
Significantly, all 40 Windies wickets in the series fell to spinners as the visitors struggled on the turning pitches.
“The team has been gelling quite well since we have also played a few games in India,” Hope said.
“We have to make sure to get best possible preparation in the practice game tomorrow, leading up to the first ODI.”
Before Bangladesh, the Windies were in India where they played well in patches in the five-match series but could not mount a challenge strong enough, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
Hope noted that the side needs to be more consistent and post totals their bowlers can defend.
Windies take on the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s XI on Thursday, before the first of the three ODIs begins on Sunday.
“Consistency is the key. We need to put our hands up and put some big targets on the board, and make sure the bowlers have something to bowl at,” the right-hander pointed out.
“The wickets maybe a bit different here in Bangladesh, but same things apply. We need to maximise the entire innings.”
He added: “As everyone would expect the ball will spin a bit more in Bangladesh. But we have to wait till the day to see what it (pitch) would be like to play.
“We can expect spin and it can be something different, so we have to cover all our bases and be ready for whatever they throw at us.”
“They also have some quality pacers, who have been around for a long time. We know what to expect from that part as well.”
West Indies will be looking for revenge against Bangladesh following on from the four of the Caribbean earlier this year when they lost 2-1 to the visitors.
However, the odds will be against the Windies as they have not won an ODI series since they beat the Tigers in the Caribbean four years ago.
West Indies will be led for this series by Rovman Powell and feature the likes of veteran Marlon Samuels, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and experienced left-hander Darren Bravo.