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Windies hoping to revive WCup hopes

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):Embattled West Indies will seek to enhance their qualification fortunes for the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they clash with powerhouses India in a five-match series starting in the Caribbean next month.The tour will run from June 23 to July 6, with the lone Twenty20 International scheduled for July 9, the Indian Cricket Board confirmed yesterday.West Indies are currently ranked ninth in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings and are in danger of missing out on automatic qualification for the World Cup.Hosts England and the other top seven sides in the rankings will book the automatic berths at the showpiece, with the remaining teams having to enter a qualifier to determine the two last slots.West Indies have done themselves no favours this year, whitewashed 3-0 by England last March and beaten 2-1 by Pakistan last month.The Caribbean side will open the tour against India with two ODIs at Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain on June 23 and 25 before heading to the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium for the third and fourth matches on June 30 and July 2.Sabina Park in Kingston will play host to the final ODI on July 6 and the only T20I three days later.India, ranked number three in the world, are currently preparing for the Champions Trophy in England, which runs from June 1-18.West Indies will be missing from the tournament for the first time since its inception after they were ranked outside the top eight in the world at the cut-off date for qualification.last_img read more

Defoe will get ‘better and better’ at Sunderland, insists Poyet

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet believes January signing Jermain Defoe will get “better and better” during his stay with the Black Cats.The ex-Tottenham striker endured an unhappy return to White Hart Lane on Saturday, having failed to score in a club debut for the first time in his career as a late Christian Eriksen strike secured a 2-1 Spurs win.Defoe struggled to make an impact against his former club before being substituted in the 74th minute, although the 32-year-old could have won a penalty when he tumbled over Vertonghen’s planted leg in the first half.Yet, Poyet was still encouraged by the frontman’s display.“He started brightly, he was sharp,” said the Black Cats boss.“If he got the penalty and he scores we’re talking about a great debut.“The referee, though, didn’t see what everybody else saw clearly.“He was looking for his chance and I played him a bit longer than expected.“He will get better and better and when he gets that first chance he will put the ball in the back of the net.“It was a good start and a great place for him to start playing for us.”Sunderland remain 16th in the table, one point above 18th-placed Hull, who play West Ham on Sunday.“When the winning goal is so late, it hurts,” Poyet added.“But it is part of football, you have to be good until the last minute, not the 88th or the 89th.”last_img read more