'Togetherness will be major weapon in Windies bid to claim third World Cup title' - Walsh

By Sports Desk August 11, 2021













West Indies off-spinner, Hayden Walsh Jr, is confident the level of camaraderie that currently exists in the team will become a major weapon in its bid to claim a third World Cup title.

The West Indies are hoping to become the first team in history to claim three titles when the tournament gets underway, in the United Arab Emirates, in October.

Since winning their last title in 2016, however, noting that the team has struggled for consistency would be an understatement.  From being ranked number one in the world, shortly after claiming the title in 2016 the team had fallen to 10th by the start of the year, before moving up one place to 9th in the latest edition.

A part of the team’s issues could be put down to not having a settled squad and the absence of the team’s most experienced players for several of the fixtures played during the period.  With the tournament just a few months away, however, the Windies have coalesced into an 18-man preliminary squad with warm-up matches against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan as part of its preparations.  The results may have been mixed, but according to Walsh the team has fostered a tremendous sense of togetherness during the period, and it could be a key ingredient in their bid for the trophy.

“The way it feels in the dressing room, it doesn’t feel like a lot can stop us,” Walsh, who was asked his opinion regarding the team's chances, told SportsMax.Tv’s InCaseYouMissedIT.

“It’s just to keep on gelling have everyone playing their role.  Everyone will talk about our middle order but once we stick to our strengths everything will fall into place,” he added.

The West Indies begin the tournament in Group 1 alongside Australia, South Africa and England.

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