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Hope ‘key’ for Windies


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DUBLIN – Interim head coach Floyd Reifer says Shai Hope will be one of the keys to West Indies’ batting in the future, following the right-hander’s back-to-back hundreds in the ongoing Tri-Nation Series.

Hope stroked 170 in last Sunday’s opener against Ireland in a world-record 365-run opening stand with John Campbell (179) before hitting 109 against Bangladesh in the second game on Tuesday which West Indies lost by eight wickets.

The 25-year-old has now scored four of his six one-day internationals in his last eight innings, and averages 50 from 51 matches.

“The last 12, 14 games he has played he has batted really well and scored about four hundreds and about four half-centuries as well,” said Reifer.

“To see him batting here is a dream and he played really well – he paced the innings really well, played some beautiful cricket shots and accelerated the innings at the end. I thought he read the game very, very well and he’s definitely one for the future in terms of scoring a lot of runs for West Indies cricket,” Reifer said. (CMC)

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