Harper hails Windies white-ball unit’s batting

Roger Harper, CWI chief selector and former Kenya coach.
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Chief West Indies Selector, Roger Harper has hailed the improved batting of the white-ball unit (ODI and T20) as one of the positives for West Indies in recent months.

The former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner said the return of “older, wiser heads” had also brought a new level of effectiveness to the bowling especially at the death stages.

“If you look for one thing that has been relatively consistent is the way the team has batted,” he told a radio station in Trinidad.

“I think we’ve have seem some constituency in the white-ball team both in the 50-over game and Twenty20 and that of course is a plus,” the head selector said.

“Just as we saw some gains, we have this break so again we will have to regroup when this (coronavirus pandemic) is over and come again but I think generally we have seen some improvement and it’s just a matter now of turning those improvements now in terms of performance into consistent positive results,” he added.

West Indies flopped at last year’s 50-overs World Cup in England, when they won just twice in nine outings to finish ninth of 10 teams and record their worst-ever performance at the event.

The performance prompted a shakeup in the white-ball team, with Jason Holder removed as captain of the One-Day International and Carlos Braithwaite ditched as Twenty20 captain. The previously exiled Kieron Pollard returned to take over as captain.

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