London, May 25 : West Indies' recent one-day international form isn't anything
to swoon over, but with a full strength team at their disposal, they will hope to send
a message as they take on South Africa in their first ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up on Sunday.
Windies come into their first official ICC Men's World Cup warm-up on back of
mixed fortunes. While they trounced hosts Ireland in each of their two games in the tri-series, they were outclassed on all three occasions by Bangladesh, including in the final. However, they were not playing their full strength side in that series and stalwarts like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran among others, were absent.
With them back in the fold, Windies look a lot more well-rounded outfit although they were beaten rather convincingly by Australia in an unofficial warm-up fixture two days ago. The Windies batting has a pretty robust feel about it. The likes of Gayle, Russell, Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis are able to play big shots for breakfast, while Darren Bravo and Shai Hope are capable of holding things down, an ICC report said.
It is their bowling that looks a touch off-colour. Skipper Jason Holder's recent rise in Test cricket hasn't reflected in his ODI numbers. Kemar Roach picked a whole bunch of wickets in the tri-series and while Shannon Gabriel was also among the wickets, not too many of those came against Bangladesh.
They will be up against a confident South Africa, who come into the game on back of a resounding 87-run win against Sri Lanka in their first warm-up. The Proteas seem to have covered all bases, but will want their batsmen to get some more runs.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller,
JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile
Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dwaine Pretprius, Rassie van der
Dussen, Hashim Amla
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran. UNI