West Indies top-order batsman Shai Hope on Wednesday urged his team-mates to prepare themselves better for facing both Bangladesh spin and pace attacks during the forthcoming three-match one-day international series, starting on December 9.
The Caribbean batsmen had a woeful run during the recent-concluded two-match Test series as they failed to handle Bangladeshi spin-bowling attack in both the matches and conceded a humiliating 2-0 series defeat.
It could be a double trouble for West Indies in ODIs as Bangladeshi pace-bowling attack led by skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza, would join the spinners, having done exceptionally well in recent series.
‘We have to be ready for whatever they brought us, Hope told reporters in Mirpur.
‘We can expect spin but they have some quality pacers and these guys are there for a long time. So we have to be conscious to make sure we are ready for them as well.
‘Everyone expects ball to spin a bit here in Bangladesh. But still we have to wait for the day to see what it is like to play. We can expect spin but it could be completely different. So we have to make sure we cover all the bases for whatever they throw at us,’ he added.
West Indies brought a quite stronger limited-over side against Bangladesh unlike their Test side and they have number of players in likes of stand in skipper Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to make a turnaround.
The Caribbean side will play their lone warm-up match today at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothistan against a BCB XI side and Hope believed that they needed to ensure best preparation to come on top in the series.
‘We just need to make sure we get the best preparation possible in this game tomorrow [today] to do well in the first match and I am sure we will perform well,’ Hope said.
Hope also claimed that their batters needed to maximize their innings not only to give their bowlers some chances but also help West Indies reverse their 2-1 loss to Bangladesh at home in July.
‘Consistency is key. We need to make sure that we put our hands up and put some big target on the board to make sure our bowlers have some total to bowl at. Wickets may be a bit different here in Bangladesh but same things apply.
‘So we need to make sure when we go for bat we maximize the entire innings rather than giving the bowlers nothing from the batters.
‘Any team we came up against we have to make sure we win a game. We have to make sure go forward and do the things we know. If we play our best cricket then I am sure we will come victorious,’ he added.
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