West Indies braced for spin challenge: Hope

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West Indies braced for spin challenge: Hope

 Sports Desk :: sports-desk

 Published: 06:24 PM, 5 December 2018   Updated: 06:24 PM, 5 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The Windies crashed to an innings defeat in the second Test of the series against Bangladesh in Dhaka and were clean-swept 0-2. Shai Hope, the mainstay of the visiting side's line-up, however, said that they would look to put the series defeat behind them and the players are "gelling well" going into the three-match ODI rubber against the Windies.

Before the three-game rubber, starting on Sunday (December 9), the Windies also have the opportunity to fine-tune their limited overs skills as they are scheduled to take on Bangladesh Cricket Board's XI on December 6.

"The team has been gelling quite well since we have also played a few games in India. We have to make sure to get best possible preparation in the practice game tomorrow, leading up to the first ODI."

The Windies played well in patches in the five-match ODI series in India, but couldn't sustain the momentum as they were beaten 1-3. Hope agreed that the Windies need to improve their consistency and notch up sizeable totals on the board.

"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 wickets maybe a bit different here in Bangladesh, but same things apply. We need to maximise the entire innings."

Hope expected the hosts to continue with their tactic of preparing spin-friendly tracks, but he also pointed out that Bangladesh have some "quality" pacers.

"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," he added.

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