Coach Estwick warns against complacency

November 19, 2016
Jonathan Carter in action during the Tri Nation ODI Series match against Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe. Carter made 54 in a 62-run win for the West Indies.

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC:

Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has sounded a warning to West Indies ahead of their second game of the Tri-Nation Series tonight (11:30 Ja time), urging them not to rest on their laurels because of the nature of their opposition.

The Windies face minnows Zimbabwe in their second game - the third of the competition - knowing that victory will take them clear at the top of the table, following on from their opening success against Sri Lanka.

West Indies have dominated Zimbabwe in recent years, losing just one of their last nine meetings with the African side.

However, Estwick said there was a tendency to relax when facing the weaker teams in competitions, and said West Indies needed to continue to hit their high marks in the contest.

"The thing that we will be trying to put over to the boys is not to become complacent," he warned.

"Obviously, Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe quite easily, and sometimes because you beat the team that beat the previous team, you can get complacent. We're going to work very hard, we can't become complacent because it's very important to get points going forward to try and qualify for the 2019 World Cup."

West Indies struggled in the one-day series against Pakistan last month when they suffered an embarrassing whitewash in the United Arab Emirates, but hit their straps impressively on Wednesday as they brushed aside the Sri Lankans by 62 runs.

While they managed just 227, they bowled and fielded superbly to limit the dangerous Sri Lankan side to a paltry 165 in reply.

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