Last Update on: June 5th, 2019 at 12:04 pm
Ahead of the bumper showdown with defending champions Australia, West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite has sent out a warning to them. West Indies are brimming with confidence after winning their tournament-opener in an emphatic fashion against Pakistan. The two-time champions bowled out Pakistan for just 105 before chasing it down inside 14 overs by losing only three wickets.
The feature of that game was the short-pitched deliveries from the West Indies pacers. The likes of Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas had made life difficult for Pakistan with their short deliveries. And Brathwaite has now warned Australia to face the chin music on Thursday when both the teams lock horns in the mouth-watering clash.
Australia, the record five-time winners of the World Cup, have also started their tournament in an emphatic fashion. They have defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets in their opening encounter.
“Traditionally they have grown up on and fast bouncy tracks and there are only two [bouncers] an over. The mental game, if that bouncer can get into their head, and allow the other four balls in that over are perfectly executed, or give us a bigger margin for error, then perfect,” Carlos Brathwaite said.
“Obviously, no one likes a ball, 140, 145km/h at your head, so that’s why the bouncer has been a favourite tactic thus far. But you can only bowl two an over and the other four need to be spot on,” Brathwaite added.
Brathwaite further said that the West Indies camp is confident of regaining the team’s golden days. West Indies had won the first two editions of the World Cup but have not touched the coveted trophy since then. However, expectations are sky high from the current team and Brathwaite said that the players are confident too.
“Everyone knows 40 years is very significant. And it’s been 40 years since we last won it. We’re in English conditions with a big West Indies following and we think our group is the perfect mix of youth and experience,” Brathwaite said.
“Yes, we believe in the dressing room that this is our best chance in the last 40 years for us to win the competition and we are going go out there and fight tooth and nail to try to bring that trophy back to the West Indies public,” he added.
West Indies are definitely looking like a force to reckon with at the moment. They won the World Twenty20 title in 2016 and became the first team to win the title twice. Earlier this year, they completed a shock Test series win over England and also drew the succeeding ODI series.