West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Barbados March 9, 2017

England's ODI transformation a model for WI to follow - Law


West Indies looked frustrated during their 3-0 home defeat to England © AFP

West Indies coach Stuart Law was left ruing missed opportunities as West Indies slipped to a 3-0 series defeat against England.

But while West Indies lost the final game by a crushing 186-run margin, Law felt his side could take inspiration from the way in which their opponents have improved their limited-overs cricket over the last couple of years.

In particular, the new West Indies coach felt his side should look at England's poor performance at the 2015 World Cup - a tournament in which they were knocked out in the group stages - and be encouraged by how quickly they had progressed.

"Two years ago at the World Cup, England were in a pretty big hole," Law said after Thursday's game. "But they've gone back, changed the way they play, the way they've approached every game and it has started to work for them.

"It's an amazing transformation in two years. I'm hoping in two years' time we can sit down and say something's happening to revive West Indies cricket, something to get us competitive against these bigger teams."

If West Indies are to improve their results, they will have start taking their catches. Just as they gave Eoin Morgan a reprieve before he made a century in Antigua, they allowed Joe Root two lives on his way to a century in Barbados. Dropped on one and 12, Root went on to provide a match-defining 192-run partnership with Alex Hales.

"The good thing about our bowling performance is we are creating opportunities," Law said. "But we're just not accepting them. In the first game, we put down a player of Eoin Morgan's class and he punished us with a hundred. We've done the same today with Joe Root.

"So those are valuable lessons we must take on board and learn to accept it's an area we need to improve. There's no substitute for hard work. We've got to make sure that when those opportunities come again we do grab them."

Still, Law was encouraged by the talent in his squad.

"The first glimpse of what I've got to work with and there are some very encouraging signs," he said. "I thought we bowled particularly well throughout the series. Today probably wasn't our best, but the first two were good.

"With the batting, we had guys getting starts but no one going on to get big scores. That's the area we need to improve. I'm not pleased with the result but very, very happy to see some guys who have actually got something to give out there and want to be there to do it."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. He will be covering England's tour of the Caribbean in association with Smile Group Travel, specialists in hosted supporters' packages.

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  • Cricinfouser on March 18, 2017, 11:26 GMT

    SWARZI 1st up the ICC picket Holder as the WI Player of the year. Most of those players that have been playing for about 10 yes and you're still talking about potential to win. Check their records they are no better than the current players , THAT'S A FACT. If someone says something to or about you that you don't like or is inaccurate , you're not intelligent enough to respond without breaching protocol. It's not rocket science. I guess you'll say we win the WT20 because of Gayle's outstanding performances. I suppose Bravo and Sammy were brilliant with both bat and ball or either one for that matter. The reality is Brathwaite took a gamble and it paid off so we won . The record will show with the exception of Samuels they all failed as usual. Changes had to be made and they were. If they want to play they know the drill. A compromise can be reached but with that whosoever is selected must show that they are that much better than the new guys. If they can't what's the point in having them around?

  • swarzi on March 14, 2017, 19:09 GMT

    Cont'd: But what is most ridiculous about the matter is that the WI does possess the talent to compete - the senior men. But the authorities continue to behave as if they want the senior players to worship them - making all sorts of out-of-place and embarrassing statements about senior players, just to get them to respond reciprocally, and when the players respond, they get rid of them on the grounds of insubordination. Imagine, the last time that WI won anything that is worthwhile, was when they won the T/20 World Cup. But now, the only player from that winning team in this current side is Carlos Brathwaite from "Barbados"! Remember, the senior guys don't think that Holder is an effective enough player to compete as hard as they would like, so they didn't pick him to play a single match, though he was with them. In response to that, (it appears) the authorities exiled all the capable players and have since been using the inept skills of Mr Holder and other players whom they "like"!

  • swarzi on March 14, 2017, 18:46 GMT

    Cont'd: To keep Holder as captain, the authorities executed an appalling shenanigan by making him "WI 2016 Cricketer of the Year"! On what grounds? They said that he took the most wickets (30 total - 3 formats) and bowled his team to "one" test victory vs Pak. Now, let's match him with"Kraig Brathwaite" in 2016: Kraig made the most runs for WI (613) at a whopping ave of 56 in 8 matches - putting him among the first 12 best batsmen that year (incl: Kohli, Steve Smith, Du Plessi, etc). And, while Kraig's "Playing role" is "Opening Batsman" and Holder's role is "'Bowling' All-rounder", before his last test innings vs Pak in 2016, when Holder took 5 for 30 to help win, he had taken only 5 wkts in 8 matches at an ave. of 87; but Kraig who is not a bowler had taken 4 wkts at 77; after bowling about half the total number of overs that Holder bowled. But the BIGGEST POINT is: It was really Kraig's batting of a 142* and 60 that really won the Pak. test - not necessarily Holder's bowling.

  • swarzi on March 14, 2017, 15:31 GMT

    I think that when it comes to WI cricket, Mr Law's conclusion is dead wrong! I think WI lost because the matching talent was absent. And in two years, if WI cricket is still under the current administration, there will be no improvement. As I mentioned in another Cricinfo contribution, WI captain Holder continues to think that his team is 'young' and 'maybe' was taken advantage of by the "older" men on the England team. I however pointed out to him that his team (at least in the last match) was older on average than England. The problem that Mr Law is going to face like other coaches is working with an incompetent WICB, who pick people whom they 'like' while they get rid of real potential talent - mainly of guys whom they don't like. An example: Jason Holder was given captaincy just because they like him; and while he has been showing no improvement to his game, he still remains as captain. But what do the authorities to do to keep him? See how he's kept in the continued submission.

  • LeeJA on March 11, 2017, 7:24 GMT

    England's model is very much built on focusing on big hitting, T20 style players rather than stylish, traditional test players... now given WIs T20 success you'd imagine it would be easy to pull together a team to match that of England with the players already there and ready...egos at the top seem intent on preventing those guys playing. If the players are willing to put country before money than that'll give windies a chance. Can Law convince the players and management to come to a compromise so he has better players to work with?

  • rubbas on March 10, 2017, 13:02 GMT

    I don't see any changes in WI as long as we have Dave Cameron in charge. He gets rid of all the senior players and then expects the teams to just do well? He pretty much gets rid of anyone who speaks their mind. Simmons, Sammy. And both were right. Samuels turns down the WI contract and he is dropped. A very petty man is you ask me. He dictates how the side is picked and then hopes the coach can work miracles. The worse thing is he is going be elected again. Geez. But this present WI set up is quite sad indeed. Got some good young players, but noone to help guide them. No experience. They are just forced to learn on the job. But cricket these days does not afford you that luxury. Things have to be done to force those changes, but dad to say this leader only wants it his way or the highway and the expense of results that are good.

  • jackiethepen on March 10, 2017, 10:23 GMT

    The fielding in the domestic one day cricket in West Indies - in the semi final and the final I watched - was much better. So what has happened? Barbados who won the tournament took some good catches. The fielding was sharp too. By contrast the national side was unbelievably awful throughout the Series against England as if being forced to play against their will. They lacked confidence from the start. By contrast the batting in the domestic one day games didn't look that good, too many batsmen just didn't have the basic skills. Maybe t20 has sucked the skill out of the young players. It could be a warning to England. Too much T20 and no one ends up knowing how to play longer cricket. I don't see how you can blame the W.I. Board for the trend of putting cash before country. If players won't sign contracts so they can play free-booting cricket as mercenaries, then you have to wait for a change in values. You have to put pride before purse.

  • sachinist84510 on March 10, 2017, 9:44 GMT

    I doubt whether west indies team needs to do major reforms or follow any cricketing nation as a model to develop themselves in ODI cricket. They already have a solution to their problem. Just play all their top players in the side. Thats it. No major reforms required. They are producing talent and wasting them for petty reasons.

  • Nutcutlet on March 10, 2017, 9:40 GMT

    I would really love to see a resurgence in West Indies cricket. Together with the inability of Pakistan & India to find a way to play each other regularly, the chronic decline in WI cricket is the great tragedy of cricket in this century. I've been banging on about this for ages, but I am as certain as I can be that the decline in the standard of wickets in the region has a great deal to do with the poor standard of the WI team. I'm now calling them zombie wickets - reanimated corpses - with all the charm of the skeleton in the grave. To develop confident cricketers you need reliable surfaces with a bit of pace & even bounce, even if they deteriorate later in a fc match. WI cricketers are powerful and enthusiastic, with a predilection to bowl fast and hit hard, The wickets they currently play on sucks out the confidence of the players, so pace and stroke play are nullified. If Stuart Law can persuade the WICB to re-lay the wickets then he will have a chance of succeeding in his work.

  • John-Price on March 10, 2017, 8:57 GMT

    First thing the WI need is a group of players who belong on the international stage. They have them, but unfortunately the Board have fallen out with all of them.

    Putting out the B team and expecting them to be miraculously transformed into international-class is not going to work. More likely they will lose confidence and get worse.

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