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West Indies seek Twenty20 consolation

Despairing West Indies will look to the game's shortest and most entertaining form today to gain some redemption from an otherwise depressing tour when they face Bangladesh in the lone Twenty20 International of the tour.

The makeshift side suffered clean sweeps in the preceding Test and One-Day International series and the T20I at Warner Park represents their last chance of walking away from the series with some pride in tact.

Granted, the side was hastily assembled after the pull-out of the first choice players as the West Indies Players Association and the West Indies Cricket Board locked horns in another dispute over pay and contracts.

Additionally, the squad was a gathering of inexperienced players, shepherded by the veteran Barbadian batsman Floyd Reifer who also possessed limited international experience.

Reifer echoed the sentiments of coach John Dyson, noting that inexperience had been the difference between the two sides in the series.

"It is a young team. They have got to continue to play, and play hard. We have got to continue talking to each other," he pointed out.

"We have to look back at all the mistakes which we have made throughout the Test and ODI series. Most if not all the games were very close, and it was just that we kept making crucial mistakes at crucial times.

"We are hoping for a bit of luck in the Twenty20 on Sunday, and hope we can put together one good game and win."

Several exciting players should help them put on a good show in the T20I. Andre Fletcher gave a glimpse of what can be expected from him in his cameo half-century in the third ODI on Friday while players like Dave Bernard, Travis Dowlin and Darren Sammy can also score quickly.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, have outplayed the Windies at every turn. At points when it appeared as if the hosts were in winning positions, the Tigers turned the game around with extraordinary performances from both their batsmen and bowlers.

source - trinidadexpress.com
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