WI coach Stuart Law looking for Windies momentum before World Cup qualifiers

Vastavam web: West Indies coach Stuart Law is looking to the remainder of the one-day international series against England to help him build a settled team ahead of next year’s World Cup qualifying tournament.Defeat in the first ODI at Old Trafford on Tuesday ended West Indies’ hopes of gaining direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in Britain.Instead the two-time champions will now have to come through a qualifying tournament, set to take place in Zimbabwe early next year, if they are to secure a spot in the business end of the showpiece 50-over event.

But this year saw the Caribbean side fail to qualify for the elite Champions Trophy one-day tournament as they were outside the world’s top eight 50-over teams.So it was no surprise when West Indies missed out on an automatic place at the World Cup.Following a washed-out second ODI at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge on Thursday, Law’s men only have three more matches in England starting with Sunday’s fixture in Bristol — and a three-match ODI series in New Zealand scheduled before the qualifiers.

Chris Gayle, who suffered a hamstring injury while warming-up at Trent Bridge, and fellow senior batsman Marlon Samuels returned for the limited-overs leg of West Indies’ tour after missing the preceding 2-1 Test series loss.Meanwhile, spinner Sunil Narine could come back into the ODI side as well.Narine was named man-of-the-match in the West Indies’ win over England in the lone Twenty20 international of the tour at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, as they repeated their World Twenty20 final win against the same opponents in Kolkata last year.Narine, however, has said he wants to play domestic one- day cricket before returning at international level his last ODI was 11 months ago.

West Indies could also soon be welcoming back Andre Russell, with the big-hitting all-rounder due to complete a one-year ban for missed drugs tests on January 31, 2018.”Most people would be excited to have a guy like Andre Russell champing at the bit to play international cricket,” Law said.”It’s a balancing act because what some players bring is extraordinary and you don’t want to nullify that effect,” he said.