West Indies have had a dismal start to their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign winning only of the four matches they have played so far. They will be desperate to bounce back when they face Bangladesh on June 17 (Monday) at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
West Indies despite to pip Bangladesh in the next game
Meanwhile, West Indies’ bowlers might have lit up the tournament so far, but it was the lack of application on the batting front has hurt them. The senior cricketers, including Chris Gayle, need to raise their game and back the bowlers who have done a decent job so far in the tournament. Besides, the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer need to show more responsibility and bat longer to help West Indies register good totals on the board.
Jason Holder & Co will look to bring back experienced Darren Bravo in place of Evin Lewis, who has been entirely out of form so far in the World Cup. Bravo has the experience, and the management will want a big knock from the left-hander against Bangladesh.
Here is the predicted playing XI of West Indies for match 23 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton:
Chris Gayle has looked good in all the games but has thrown it away after battling the new ball. The veteran opener needs to shoulder responsibility and take his team to an excellent total batting for the most overs possible.
Shai Hope has come up the ranks in quick time and is one of the talented cricketers around. Hope, who is playing his first World Cup will aim to play some big knocks as West Indies eye for a top-four spot.
Darren Bravo has been in and out of the team due to his consistency. Bravo, who has been in the circuit for a long time now, needs to showcase his talents and seal his spot in the team. West Indies will hope for a big score from him against Bangladesh as they hope to come back.
Nicholas Pooran has so far looked good with the bat in the World Cup. He has got starts in all the matches so far but has struggled to bat long. The southpaw will look to make them big and provide stability to the middle order.
After a tough few games, Shimron Hetmyer finally got going in the World Cup in the last match. However, the talented batsman needs to make it big providing the much-needed leadership in the middle order.
Andre Russell has battled injuries to play in this World Cup which has affected his performance. He has been struggling in all the game; however, it is his sheer passion with which he is playing. He has been in good form leading to the World Cup and will hope to deliver top-class performance against Bangladesh.
Jason Holder has led the team from the front with contributions with both bat and ball. The West Indies skipper will hope to keep up the excellent work going deep into the tournament.
Carlos Brathwaite has had a woeful ICC World Cup so far. The all-rounder needs to raise his game to retain his berth in the playing XI. West Indies will also look forward to Brathwaite as they need to bounce to keep their chances alive of making it to the top four.
Ashley Nurse is yet to make a mark of himself in the World Cup. The off-spinner will have to dominate the middle overs against an experienced middle order if West Indies hope to return to winning ways. Besides, Nurse can also chip in with the bat, which will add value to the team.
More than himself, Sheldon Cottrell’s celebration has been a hit in the World Cup. The left-arm pacer will want to showcase his talent with the ball as the team from the Caribbean Islands look to surprise the opponents.
Oshane Thomas has bowled outstandingly well right from the start of the World Cup. The management will look forward to their tall and lanky fast bowler to deliver once again when they face Bangladesh. The Tigers have recently pipped West Indies leading to the World Cup, and now it will be time for revenge.