Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 1st 2015 Contents Leaving Sydney with their
spirits down after their worst
loss in a one-day international,
the West Indies will feel much
better when they are greeted
with a Caribbean welcome at
Perth, the venue for their next
World Cup match on Friday.
The West Indies was ham-
mered by South Africa, by a
record breaking 257 runs, in its
fourth match of the 2015 World
Cup in Sydney on Friday.
The team now needs to defeat
the powerful Indians and the
United Arab Emirates to qualify
for the quarterfinals of the tour-
The regional team has had an
up-and-down tournament thus
far, losing to minnows Ireland
before crushing Pakistan and
Zimbabwe and then themselves
being crushed by South Africa.
It has put them at the edge and
a defeat to India could see them
barely in, with a chance of mak-
ing the knockout stage.
The authorities at Perth have
organised a gala welcome cer-
emony at the James Street
Amphitheatre, the cultural cen-
tre in Perth, for the team today
and have decided to put a
Caribbean spin on proceedings.
Western Australia minister of
Tourism, Dr Kim Hames will
address the West Indies team,
while Dr Richard Walley will
make the presentation of a
"message stick" to West Indies
captain Jason Holder.
Twelve-year-old Tahj Reid, a
Jamaican, will sing the West
Indies Cricket Anthem. There
will also be a performance by
Australia s leading world musi-
cian Grace Barbe and the Perth
Pandemix Steel Orchestra will
beat out tunes that is expected
to make the West Indians feel
The West Indies left Sydney
at lunchtime yesterday for four-
and-three-quarter hour flight
to Perth and will have a few days
rest before their next match
against India on March 6.
Since arriving for the World
Cup the team has been on a
hectic schedule, playing four
matches in two countries and
four different cities but their
next two games are spaced out
over 15 days. After the India
clash, they fly back to New
Zealand to battle the UAE on
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for Windies at Perth
South African captain and
master batsman AB de Villiers
says that the West Indies is
still a dangerous team, despite
the fact that they were
crushed by his outfit in their
ICC 2015 World Cup cricket
clash at the SCG in Australia
The brilliant de Villiers
scored a remarkable unbeaten
162 off 66 balls to lead his team
to 408 for five against the
Caribbean men. His leg-spin-
ner, Imran Tahir, with 5/45 and
Kyle Abbott, with the wickets
of the danger men Chris Gayle
and Marlon Samuels, ensured
that the West Indies were kept
to an embarrassing 151 all out
in reply, recording their biggest
ever loss in an ODI.
Speaking to the T&T
Guardian de Villiers said: "I
still think that the West Indies
are a dangerous team and we
must not write them off in this
tournament. They have some
good quality in there and
although they lost badly to us,
they can still come back strong,
not to be written off at all."
The right-hander, who is
probably the best batsman in
the world today, says he feels
for his young compatriot Jason
"I do feel for Jason, not dur-
ing the game but thinking
about it after you would realise
that it is very tough for him.
He would have days like that
but he seems to be a strong
man and I think he would
come out of it. I remember
going through those days, ear-
lier in my leadership stint, so
it s all a learning process.
"There are enough experi-
enced men around him in the
dressing room to speak to share
and share their knowledge and
basically take care of him. He
is sure to improve with time
and needs to understand that
captaincy is not an easy thing."
Holder was bowling very
well until de Villiers came to
the crease. After five overs, he
had figures of one for nine and
ended up with he second worst
bowling figures ever in an ODI
and the worst by a West Indian.
Only New Zealand s Martin
Snedden has conceeded more
runs than him in an ODI.
After eight overs, Holder s
figures read 1/40 and at the
end of his ten-over spell, he
had none for 102 - 62 runs
coming from his last two overs.
The young man did, how-
ever, redeem himself somewhat
by scoring a half century when
the team batted. (VM)
PERTH---Windward Islands batsman Johnson
Charles has been called up to replace Darren
Bravo in the West Indies World Cup squad.
The replacement was approved by the ICC event
technical committee, after Bravo was forced to
return home with a hamstring injury.
Johnson, a hard-hitting right-hander, has played
30 One-Day Internationals and scored 869 runs
at an average of nearly 29.
He has scored two hundreds and two half-cen-
turies, and last played for West Indies on the tour
of New Zealand in January last year.
The 26-year-old has been in good form in the
WICB domestic season, hitting 151 last December
in the four-day competition and an aggressive 177
in the one-day tournament last month.
Bravo, meanwhile, was forced out of the tour
after picking up a lower-grade tear of his left ham-
string while completing a single in the 32nd over
of the game against Pakistan in Christchurch a
He took no further part in the match which
West Indies won by 150 runs, and subsequently
missed the fixtures against Zimbabwe and South
Johnson will join the team in Perth as they pre-
pare for the next game against India next Friday.
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AB de Villiers says West Indies still dangerous
Johnson Charles called up to replace Darren Bravo.
West Indies captain Jason Holder conceded 104 runs in ten overs, despite bowling two
maidens during the match against South Africa on Friday in the ICC World Cup 2015, Group B
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