England vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies legend Joel Garner backs Jason Holder-led team to lift trophy

Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner has said the current side stand a decent chance of winning the Cricket World Cup – 40 years since he helped them last lift the trophy with a record five-wicket haul in the final.

Reuters, Jun 13, 2019 20:49:38 IST

Nottingham: Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner has said the current side stand a decent chance of winning the Cricket World Cup – 40 years since he helped them last lift the trophy with a record five-wicket haul in the final.

Jason Holder’s Windies side have had a mixed start to their campaign, crushing Pakistan in their opening match before losing to Australia and then seeing their game with South Africa abandoned.

England vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies legend Joel Garner backs Jason Holder-led team to lift trophy

"If we play the kind of cricket that we are expected to play, which is consistent cricket, we will get to the final," said former West Indies legend Joel Garner. AP

They face hosts and pre-tournament favourites England in Southampton on Friday.

“If we play the kind of cricket that we are expected to play, which is consistent cricket, we will get to the final,” the 6’8”-tall (2.03m) Garner, nicknamed Big Bird in his playing days, told Metro.co.uk.

“And then there’s nothing stopping us from winning the final. But you cannot depend on one or two players to get you there.

“I’m a West Indian, so of course I want to see them win. But it could be any of the top teams. When it gets to the semi-finals - that’s when the dog fight will really begin.”

“Jason Holder has worked hard and he’s turning out to be a good leader,” Garner added. “I’d be delighted to see him lift the trophy because it’s been a long time since we won the World Cup.”

However, Garner was reluctant to give his forecast for Friday’s game against England.

“I’m not even going to predict that one. I just hope we get 100 overs in and see some good cricket,” he said.

Four World Cup matches have had to be scrapped so far due to rain.

Garner’s five-for-38 in the 1979 World Cup final against England remains the best-ever bowling performance in the last game of the tournament.

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Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 20:49:38 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254