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Windies ready to spring WC surprise, says Pybus

Richard Pybus.

Richard Pybus.   | Photo Credit: PAUL CHILDS

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England coach Bayliss agrees with counterpart

The West Indies has not won a bilateral one-day series in close to five years but it can shock any team at the World Cup, interim coach Richard Pybus says. “I know the right West Indies combination with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Pybus told reporters here on Monday.

“I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident (we) could take down anyone on their day.”

Pybus’ comments were echoed by England coach Trevor Bayliss, who reckons West Indies has the batting firepower to win its first World Cup since 1979.

“The Windies have been playing some decent cricket over the last 18 months,” he said. “With the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”

Instant impact

Key to West Indies' renewed confidence is the return of veteran opener Chris Gayle, who proved his worth with a century and half-century in the first two one-dayers against England this month.

Pybus hailed Gayle’s instant impact on the team and also defended his cautious starts in each of the first two matches.

“He’s just class really. It’s always great having guys in your side who are a bit scary for the opposition,” he said.

“In those first two games, Chris was getting a feel for a spongy wicket batting first. But, as we have all seen in T20, he can attack that first PowerPlay brutally.”

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