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Windies coach looks to 2015 World Cup

TARGETS: Ottis Gibson (PA)

WEST INDIES coach Ottis Gibson is targeting the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after his side experienced a disappointing World T20 tournament in Bangladesh where they lost their crown by losing to eventual winners Sri Lanka in the semi-finals.

The Windies were hot favourites to defend their T20 title following months of good form, but they came up short against the Sri Lankans.

Gibson has now turned his attention to the 50-over competition and believes his players have what it takes to claim another global title after experiencing the joy of winning the T20 world title in 2012.

He said: “I've been speaking to Richard Pybus [director of cricket) about getting together a core group of players to target the 50-over World Cup, getting some fitness done and making sure those guys are at the peak of their fitness.

“All those [series] are opportunities to start to formulate a team or a squad of players that will then become the basis of the team that is likely to play in the World Cup, and get those guys playing together as often as possible.”

He added: “It would give captain [Dwayne] Bravo an opportunity to work with this group of players and get a brand of cricket that he wants to play developed and strong, so that by the time we get to the World Cup next year, the guys are ready to peak again and have a real good go at winning a world title.

“You have to look at where we are going and then you look at the people that we have in the Caribbean that are likely to succeed in those conditions and give them the opportunity to play.

“You will have a World Cup 30-man squad but by now there will be a core group of 15-20 players that you will be looking to choose from and give opportunities to, and whittle it down. You have to get that 15-man squad playing as much cricket together as possible and start to develop some cohesiveness.”

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