ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: West Indies

Posted: 30 May 2019 1:19 pm
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West Indies will need everything to click to get out of the Cricket World Cup group stages, but when the wind blows, it Gayles.

The West Indies won the first two Cricket World Cups, but those halcyon days are long gone. Such has been their fall from grace, they've had to endure the ignominy of qualifying for this tournament rather than being automatically included like the top eight sides in the rankings. It was a relief they did because despite not being anywhere near the great teams of the past, no Cricket World Cup would be the same without the West Indies.

Will West Indies win the Cricket World Cup?

The format of this tournament might count against the West Indies as consistency tends to let the team down, but there is enough talent there to cause a few upsets. It hasn't all been doom and gloom in recent years either as performances in T20 competitions show: the West Indies have won two of the last three ICC T20 World Cups.

With ODI cricket becoming a higher-scoring format, largely because of T20 cricket, that could favour the West Indies. In their last warm-up match before the tournament, West Indies posted 421 against New Zealand and didn't even complete the full 50 overs. Astonishing!

Indeed, just prior to the World Cup commencing, the West Indies improved their rank from nine to eight, meaning they would have automatically qualified had the fixtures been drawn today.

It's important to note the 2019 Cricket World Cup is 39-year-old Chris Gayle's last international tournament. If the self-described "universe boss" gets into his groove, the rest of the players could rally around him and surprise a few people. Captain Jason Holder has impressed with bat and ball in recent years, too, while wicketkeeper Shai Hope is in good form after a century in the last hit-out before the tournament. There's talent in the squad, but maybe not quite enough.

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How to watch West Indies' Cricket World Cup matches

From one island paradise to another, every one of the West Indies Cricket World Cup matches will be broadcast live (and on demand) in Australia via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. We've put together a robust comparison of these two streaming giants, alongside more information, in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

West Indies Cricket World Cup squad

At 39, Chris Gayle falls just shy of being the tournament's oldest player (that goes to South African spinner Imran Tahir). There has been no disruption to the originally announced World Cup squad, although the absence of Marlon Samuels, still one of the country's best ranked all-rounders and batsmen, is surprising. Here is West Indies' 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. This can be changed up until 30 May in case of injuries, so we'll update this list as required.

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank All-rounder rank
Jason Holder (c) 27 90 All-rounder 74 31 6
Chris Gayle (vc) 39 289 All-rounder 39 >100 64
Carlos Brathwaite 30 33 All-rounder >100 76 86
Darren Bravo 30 94 Batsman 84 >100 >100
Sheldon Cottrell 29 10 Bowler >100 92 >100
Fabian Allen 25 4 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Shannon Gabriel 31 12 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Shimron Hetmyer 22 16 Batsman 25 >100 >100
Shai Hope (wk) 25 51 Batsman 9 >100 >100
Evin Lewis 27 34 Batsman 72 >100 >100
Ashley Nurse 30 45 Bowler >100 45 30
Nicholas Pooran (wk) 23 1 Wicket-keeper-batsman >100 >100 >100
Kemar Roach 31 80 Bowler >100 64 >100
Andre Russell 31 52 All-rounder >100 >100 64
Oshane Thomas 22 8 Bowler >100 97 >100

West Indies Cricket World Cup fixtures

Here are the scheduled matches for all the West Indies matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This includes a guide on where to watch a live stream of West Indies' games in Australia.

Stage Match Date Start time (AEST) Team A Team B Venue Where to watch
Group 2 Friday 31 May 19:30 West Indies Pakistan Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 10 Thursday 6 June 19:30 Australia West Indies Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group 15 Monday 10 June 19:30 South Africa West Indies The Rose Bowl Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 19 Friday 14 June 19:30 England West Indies The Rose Bowl Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 23 Monday 17 June 19:30 West Indies Bangladesh County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 29 Saturday 22 June 22:30 West Indies New Zealand Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 34 Thursday 27 June 19:30 West Indies India Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 39 Monday 1 July 19:30 Sri Lanka West Indies Riverside Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 42 Thursday 4 July 19:30 Afghanistan West Indies Headingley Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finals SF 1 Tuesday 9 July 19:30 1st 4th Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finals SF 2 Thursday 11 July 19:30 2nd 3rd Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Final F Sunday 14 July 19:30 Winner semi-final 1 Winner semi-final 2 Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

West Indies Cricket World Cup team news

West Indies top of the 6

31.05.19 - Look for the ball in the carpark cricket fans as the West Indies like to hit it out of the stadium like no other team at this year's tournament. With a 6 on average every 36 balls, the likes of Chris Gayle are set to terrorise bowlers across the Cricket World Cup tournament. In a warm-up match ahead of the tournament, West Indies smashed 18 sixes and we can expect more of the same, starting against Pakistan.

Hope sets sights on 500

30.5.19 – West Indies batsman Shai Hope has talked up the possibility of his team becoming the first to score 500 in ODI cricket. "It is definitely a goal we can try to achieve at some point. Definitely, it would be great to be the first team to cross that 500-run mark and I am sure we have the batting firepower to do it," Hope said. His comments came after he scored a century as West Indies posted 421 against New Zealand in their final warm-up match before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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