Phil Simmons, the West Indies coach, expects a positive game from his team in the match against Australia. He expects his players to continue to play at the same pace, and certainly, if they play equally well, the West Indies can expect a victory.
"We are looking for the way we batted to continue and improvements have to be made in the middle overs from 20-39 in order for us to get from 280-290 to the 320-330 we'll need against Australia," Simmons said, as quoted by cricbuzz "We've been discussing that since the Sri Lanka series so now it's time to put it into action.
"It's been great [that] in the last series the top three all got hundreds and what we are asking of them now is one of the top three carry on until the end so we get to that 320-330," Simmons said. He does not expect an easy match against Australia, but he believes that his team cannot have better motivation than the World Cup.
"That's the only motivation you need, it's points and it's leading to World Cup 2023," Simmons said. "The Australians are not going to be an easy target and they will be coming stronger after losing the T20 series."
"Because there are some players from the T20 squad in this one some momentum can be taken over but there are other guys coming in," Simmons said. "We have to settle and play the way this format needs to be played.
A lot more partnerships, bigger partnerships, things like that.
He is happy with the fact that almost every player excels at a certain moment, and that this time he expects one of them to be the bearer of the game.
It is certainly necessary that there is harmony in the team because that is the only way the West Indies can expect some bigger success "The good thing about this series is that in different games different people came out as the ones leading.
Dre [Russell] finished the first game, [Dwayne] Bravo took the mantle when he went up to bat, [Shimron] Hetymer had it, Chris [Gayle] had it in one game, [Sheldon] Cottrell came back in the last two games and showed what he's capable of.
" "And Fabian [Allen], he showed in South Africa games what he can do later in the innings and how his bowling has improved - he's always been dynamite in the field - so they've all played their part."