Brian Lara rates West Indies chances of winning 2019 World Cup

Holder’s young and exciting team beat England in a three-match Test series after Christmas before drawing 2-2 in the one-dayers.

‘Look at the Indian Premier League, look at the leagues around the world, we have got players that are the most wanted in the world,’ West Indies legend Lara said.

‘We have got match-winners, but we are going to need a little more than match-winners in English conditions to win the World Cup. We need a team that can create consistency.

‘If we can get to the knock-out stages, we can knock out any team. We have seen that in the past. But consistency is going to take us right through to the finals.’

The 49-year-old, who finished his career with over 22,000 international runs, added: ‘We had a tremendous series against England. We are laying the foundation, the confidence is there.

‘India may have to worry when they come there in July to play against the West Indies because they have a team now that understand the conditions, spirits are high, let’s see what we can do against India.

‘But, four months ago we were terrible. So, I’m happy that we have made a bit of progress in our cricket.’

West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan, the 2017 Champions Trophy winners, on May 31.


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