Clive Lloyd says the West Indies should learn the art of adaptability from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as they fight to avoid World Cup elimination.
Jason Holder’s side have managed only one win from five matches ahead of Friday’s game against New Zealand in Manchester. The Black Caps, unbeaten so far, are fresh from a four-wicket win over South Africa when Williamson made an unbeaten 106.
“The West Indies need to raise their game if they are to have a chance against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday,” Lloyd wrote in his column for the ICC.
“In Kane Williamson, the Black Caps have a terrific captain and an even more impressive batsman. His innings to knock off South Africa was absolutely masterful, one of the finest I have ever seen in an ODI game. He is a fantastic reader of the game and knows how to adapt to what is going on around him.
“The West Indies would benefit from learning a thing or two from Williamson.”
West Indies started the tournament by beating Pakistan in their opener but soon lost momentum with defeats against Australia, England and Bangladesh.
Lloyd feels West Indies’ loss to Bangladesh at Taunton early this week was especially frustrating.
“I was disappointed with the West Indies performance against Bangladesh. It would appear that they only have one way to play with no variation to their game plan,” said Lloyd.
“They are trying to blast people out and I don’t think they understand the English conditions.
“You cannot always do that here because the pitches during this competition has been batsman friendly despite the rain. It might be green but it doesn’t always fly around.”
However, Lloyd still has high hopes for top order batsmen Evin Lewis and Shai Hope, both of whom scored half-centuries against Bangladesh.