Clive Lloyd rates West Indies World Cup chances after England defeat


Clive Lloyd still believes West Indies can win the Cricket World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Clive Lloyd believes West Indies can still go ‘all the way’ at this World Cup despite their damaging defeat to hosts England.

Pre-tournament favourites England thumped the Windies by eight wickets in Southampton on Friday to boost their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.

With West Indies losing to Australia before the England clash, Jason Holder’s side, who face Bangladesh on Monday, now face an uphill battle to progress to the knockout stages.

Lloyd, who captained West Indies to World Cup glory in 1975, told ICC: ‘If the Windies want to win this then now is the time for them to come out fighting and show what they are made of.

England outplayed Windies in Southampton on Friday (Picture: Getty)

‘Defeats and bad days are always going to happen in a tournament like this, and now we just have to hope that the West Indies have got all of theirs out of the way.

‘I still think they have got the firepower in both their batting and bowling to go all the way but the pressure is building.

‘They need to win nearly every group game from here on in if they are to have a chance of making the semi-finals.

‘Eleven points will probably be enough to get a Team into the top four, and considering they still have the likes of New Zealand and India to play, it is now or never.’

West Indies are struggling to reach the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

West Indies were bowled out for just 212 against England, with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both taking three wickets.

Joe Root then struck his 16th ODI century as England cruised to victory with eight wickets and more than 16 overs remaining.

Lloyd added: ‘The defeat to England will have disappointed them because that was a huge game. They picked a bad time to have their worst batting display of the tournament so far.

‘Once you have got past the best of the England bowling attack, you really shouldn’t be giving your wickets away to a part-timer like Joe Root.

Joe Root starred in England’s victory over Windies (Picture: Getty)

‘The two youngsters Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran had to try and rebuild the innings and gave it a pretty good effort.

‘Pooran in particular has really impressed me so far this tournament, but we shouldn’t be asking two young guys to do it all.

‘The rest of the batsmen left them high and dry, and there was ample opportunity there on a Southampton pitch that didn’t have too much in it.’

On Monday, West Indies face a Bangladeshi team who have won just one of their four World Cup fixtures so far.





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