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Bangladesh v West Indies, Group A, ICC World Twenty20
David Lloyd: A wake-up call for West Indies
September 13, 2007
David Lloyd analyses the England-Zimbabwe and Bangladesh-West Indies matches on day three of the ICC World Twenty20
 
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David Lloyd: "Mohammad Ashraful led from the front and outshone all the terrific players in the West Indies line-up" © Getty Images

Akhila Ranganna: Welcome to Cricinfo Talk. I have with me former England coach David Lloyd to look back on the Bangladesh-West Indies clash that witnessed a big upset and the match between England and Zimbabwe.

David, the West Indies fielding effort, both in the game against South Africa and today against Bangladesh, was characterised by indiscipline. Is this one of the reasons for them getting knocked out of the tournament?

David Lloyd: It certainly is. In Twenty20 cricket you have got to field well and if you don't, like West Indies, you will get completely exposed. They were dreadful against South Africa and it's unthinkable in a Twenty20 game to have someone in your team score a century like Chris Gayle did and then lose. I've seen them fielding and they have been awful.

AR: Looking at the format, do you think this compressed format actually gives teams like Bangladesh a better chance to express themselves and cause those upsets?

DL: I do think so. If you look at all the teams, I think Bangladesh is the one most likely to create an upset and that is exactly what they have done and we also saw Zimbabwe beat Australia. I think this is a great format because it really helps the emerging teams. Sometimes they will get beaten and beaten badly but there are other times when they will get a sniff of a win and they will get there.

AR: But how big a loss is this, for the tournament to lose a team like West Indies so early?

DL: I don't think it's a loss at all. It's a massive wake-up call for West Indies - performances like this will not do. You have teams like Bangladesh who are striving to get better and if within 20 overs they can get all their players to perform, they will turn over teams like West Indies who are having some terrible times in the discipline of the game.

AR: A word on Mohammad Ashraful's half-century - the fastest in Twenty20 internationals - the captain leading from the front?

DL: I have seen this boy emerge as a player. I think that Bangladesh had problems with him early on; his discipline wasn't great when he was a young man. But now that he has established himself, he has turned into a fine player. I have seen him play against Australia and he was outstanding in that game [in which Bangladesh beat Australia]. He has led from the front in this game and outshone all the terrific players in the West Indies line-up. He's going to be a very special player in this tournament.

AR: Talking about the England-Zimbabwe clash, do you think England are one of the favourites in this tournament, given their experience in the format?

DL: I think it definitely helps. I think the other thing that helps England is that they have just come off a very good series, in the 50-over format against India, so they are in form. I thought England played very well today against a team that were outstanding yesterday. Zimbabwe turned over Australia and then they had this huge test against England and it was England's experience that got them through.

AR: Even after the high of yesterday's victory, Zimbabwe still came out firing today. A word on their performance...

DL: I think they were fine today. It was a plus for England that they won the toss and batted first. Once they had got themselves over 150 runs, in the 180-190 area, it was too much for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe went at England very strongly at the start of the innings. Brendan Taylor is a fine player and they rattled England. But once the opening partnership was broken, they didn't have much else to chase down the 189 that England had set them. I would suggest that the 137 against Australia is about the limit for Zimbabwe but take nothing away from them today. They fielded brilliantly again and took all the catches; that wasn't the same for England - they dropped a couple of catches and Kevin Pietersen was the culprit again.

I thought it was real step-up for Schofield from domestic cricket and I thought he coped really well. Mascarenhas is a seasoned, old professional; and together I think they add something to that England attack

AR: It was England's slower bowlers who came to the party particularly Dimitri Mascarenhas and Chris Schofield. Taking the pace off the ball - is this something the other teams need to take note of?

DL: It's actually quite funny because I have been speaking to the locals here and they thought that the spinners would get smashed. When Schofield came into the attack I thought it was real step-up for him from domestic cricket and I thought he coped really well. Mascarenhas is a seasoned, old professional; he bowls medium pace, something like Ian Harvey did so well for Australia a few years ago. Mascarenhas is becoming quite an influential player for England and when Paul Collingwood put them on together, they stemmed the scoring-rate and took wickets and I think they add something to that England attack.

AR: Your thoughts on Pietersen's performance - he didn't have a great series against India but looks to have got into his groove here.

DL: Yes, but I still don't think he is at his best; there is a lot more to come from him. At the back end of the series against India he looked to be finding form. He played pretty well today but not as well as he can play. Pietersen in his interview after the game today said that he is out to humiliate Australia and that's a strong word to use.

AR: The big Australia-England clash tomorrow - how do you see that panning out?

DL: I'm not the world's best tipster but I will stick my neck out here and say that it will be England who will emerge victorious.

AR: Thank you David, for your views.

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