WI looking to seal series win | World Sports

West Indies will chase a series win when they face Ireland in the second rescheduled One-Day International today, even as the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to loom ominously over the three-game series .

The Caribbean side secured a 24-point victory in Saturday’s opener at Sabina Park, but three Covid cases in the Irish side 24 hours later forced Cricket West Indies to postpone the second ODI that was scheduled Tuesday.

With no more positive tests in the meantime, the headlines look set to be made on the pitch and bowling coach Roddy Estwick said it was essential the West Indies remained focused amid the disruption off ground. “Covid has been with us now for almost two years and obviously there are going to be disruptions, we know that,” he told an online press conference yesterday.

“We had disruptions in Pakistan [last month] and we’ve had disruptions before. It’s about staying professional; it’s about making sure that when you go to play, you’re ready. The boys seemed focused – obviously it’s a much younger team and people are ready to share their knowledge, learn more and have more talks.

Ireland lost key hitter Paul Stirling to Covid before the team left Florida where they played a three-game T20 series against the United States and then had Simi Singh and Ben White ruled out when they tested positive before the first ODI. Captain Andy Balbirnie, who scored the highest with 71 in Ireland’s failed pursuit of 270 in the first ODI, was one of three to test positive after the match, along with wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker and interim head coach David Ripley.

Despite last week’s win and progress in some areas, Estwick said West Indies were still keen to improve their opening performance. “One of the things (we tried) was to minimize point balls (when we were hitting) – there’s no secret we need to improve on that,” he noted. “The pitch here in Jamaica, especially in the first innings, the ball was stitching up a bit in the morning so we were ready not to lose too many wickets and then push from the back and I thought we had it good done for the first ten overs.

“Then we got a little lost…we had a really good partnership between Brooks and Pollard of 155 out of 135 but then we got lost [again] in back. So these are areas that we still need to improve. We have to make sure that when we have the momentum, we have to maintain the momentum. He continued: “I think the race between the wickets has improved… so there are some encouraging signs but we know the areas where we need to improve so we need to keep working on that.”

Although Ireland lost key players to Covid, Estwick warned his side against complacency. “You leave the country you come from with 18, 20 international cricketers and [they’ve] must be able to adapt,” he stressed. “We can’t underestimate Ireland because remember their key player Paul Stirling, he’s back (today) so they’ve actually gotten stronger so we can’t underestimate them. .”


ANTILLES – Kieron Pollard (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Gudakesh Motie, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Devon Thomas, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith.

IRELAND – Paul Stirling (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Craig Young.

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