West Indies coach Stuart Law was left ruing missed opportunities as West Indies slipped to a 3-0 series defeat against England.
But while West Indies lost the final game by a crushing 186-run margin, Law felt his side could take inspiration from the way in which their opponents have improved their limited-overs cricket over the last couple of years.
In particular, the new West Indies coach felt his side should look at England’s poor performance at the 2015 World Cup – a tournament in which they were knocked out in the group stages – and be encouraged by how quickly they had progressed.
“Two years ago at the World Cup, England were in a pretty big hole,” Law said after Thursday’s game. “But they’ve gone back, changed the way they play, the way they’ve approached every game and it has started to work for them.
“It’s an amazing transformation in two years. I’m hoping in two years’ time we can sit down and say something’s happening to revive West Indies cricket, something to get us competitive against these bigger teams.”
If West Indies are to improve their results, they will have start taking their catches. Just as they gave Eoin Morgan a reprieve before he made a century in Antigua, they allowed Joe Root two lives on his way to a century in Barbados. Dropped on one and 12, Root went on to provide a match-defining 192-run partnership with Alex Hales.
“The good thing about our bowling performance is we are creating opportunities,” Law said. “But we’re just not accepting them. In the first game, we put down a player of Eoin Morgan’s class and he punished us with a hundred. We’ve done the same today with Joe Root.
“So those are valuable lessons we must take on board and learn to accept it’s an area we need to improve. There’s no substitute for hard work. We’ve got to make sure that when those opportunities come again we do grab them.”
Still, Law was encouraged by the talent in his squad.
“The first glimpse of what I’ve got to work with and there are some very encouraging signs,” he said. “I thought we bowled particularly well throughout the series. Today probably wasn’t our best, but the first two were good.
“With the batting, we had guys getting starts but no one going on to get big scores. That’s the area we need to improve. I’m not pleased with the result but very, very happy to see some guys who have actually got something to give out there and want to be there to do it.”