As West Indies gear up for the T20I series against New Zealand, Andre Fletcher believes the side, ranked No. 9, will bounce back in the rankings. West Indies have won the T20 World Cup twice – in 2012 and 2016 – and will aim to the next tournament in India next year.
With Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis missing from the squad, Fletcher is expected to make the playing XI after a good stint at the Caribbean Premier League with St Lucia Zouks in which he aggregated 211 runs at 127 SR. The opener stressed the team would continue to play aggressively despite lacking a bit of firepower.
“I don’t think anything will change,” Fletcher said ahead of the first T20I on November 27. “We’ll continue being positive and playing our brand of cricket. It’s sometimes tough – winning two T20 World Cups and ranking No. 9 in the world is kind of off-balance, but I believe we’ll get back up there in the rankings.
“It’s a part of our preparation for the World Cup. (For) all teams playing now, that’s what they’re getting their minds up for. Hopefully we can start well and see where it takes us. We’ve practised a lot, we’ve trained very hard, we’ve put in the work, and we strongly believe that we are capable and ready.”
New Zealand have had a poor run in T20Is and have lost their last two series, against England and India, in a run that has seen them lose seven games on the trot. The selectors have also decided to rest Trent Boult and Kane Williamson ahead of the Test series. Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson too will be rested for the final game and Fletcher hoped West Indies will be able to seal their first T20I series win in New Zealand.
“Hopefully we can allow them to lose their next three. It’s a game we cannot predict. We’re all ready, we’re just hoping that everything goes well with us. We haven’t won a series in New Zealand [before] so hopefully we can turn that around.”
West Indies will start the series in Auckland before playing the next two matches in Mount Maunganui on November 29 and 30. The Tests will start in Hamilton on December 7 with the final match from December 11 in Wellington.
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