West Indies must guard against rotten habits and the culture of carelessness in NZ ODI's
West Indies will be eager to bounce back after the 2-1 defeat in the T20I series
An emphatic contest, the twenty ninth match of the sport's showstopping event presented a nail-biter that nearly went down the final over; Carlos Brathwaite's stoic- as also maiden- ODI hundred all but taking down New Zealand in a one man assault waged against eleven.
Alas, that was to be the last that one saw the Windies show some spirited effort against a team that has so often and so humiliatingly defeated them. Truth be told, barring the team's victory in the third and final T20I, which was just days ago, the kind of cricket the Windies have time and again demonstrated against a worthy opponent has been worthless.
In the subsequent white-ball contests, Kane Williamson's men have simply made lightwork of teams led, first by Pollard (November, 2020) and later, Pooran (August, 2022).
So utterly dominant have New Zealand been against the Windies that the margin of victories, such as that of 72 runs (2nd T20I, Mount Maunganui, November 2020) and by 90 runs (2nd T20I, Jamaica, August 2022) have further demonstrated Windies' inherent weakness in the game's shortest format.
This, mind you, has been the format where the team under Sammy captured two world titles, seeming more like the West Indies as known once before the casual, careless attitudes changed into a Windies team we see today.
Though luckily, as one might note, what the Windies now face is an ODI series with the abomination of yet another soul-crushing T20 defeat hopefully behind them.
It is, at the very least, a format where the team has talents of the class and repute of Shai Hope, easily the most bankable name in the squad, and someone with no fewer than 3 ODI centuries against his name this year.