Once a dominant force in world cricket, the past couple of decades have seen a dramatic fall from grace for the West Indies.
Nowadays, a series win against anyone is noteworthy, and few expect the Windies to make it out of the Group Stage at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Can they prove the doubters that they still have what it takes to compete at the top level?
ICC Cricket World Cup TV Preview – Can the West Indies Return to the Glory Days?
In the 1970s and early 1980s, the mere mention of the West Indies cricket team was enough to strike fear into the opposition, with their bowling brigade as fast as they were mean. Fast forward 30 years, and things have changed. The Windies have gradually been surpassed by most of their opposition, and in recent years appear to have shifted their focus predominantly towards T20 cricket, where they have had good success. In the ODI world, however, they are the eighth ranked team, and despite having an excellent captain in Jason Holder and some damaging players in the form of Andre Russell, Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo, their lack of depth and consistency will likely see them struggle to advance past the Group Stage.
Their last few years of ODI cricket has been far from ideal, and they haven’t won a series since 2014 when they defeated Bangladesh. They did, however, put in an impressive showing when England visited earlier this year, drawing the five-match series 2-2 against the world’s
Considering their past dominance, the West Indies’ performance at the ICC Cricket World Cup is always of significant interest to many cricket lovers. As such, it may be disappointing to learn that channel Nine, the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 free to air broadcaster in Australia, will only be broadcasting one live TV match featuring the Windies during their Group stage play (June 6th). Alternatively, Kayo Sports has extensive live coverage of the West Indies’ pursuit of this most coveted trophy, with every match of this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup available live, in HD, and on-Demand for those that find them more convenient.* This includes their opening match against Pakistan on 31 May, which kicks off during prime-time Australian viewing at 7.30pm (AEST).
How to Stream Every West Indies Match at the ICC Cricket World Cup
Kayo will be your best Cricket live streaming option in Australia for all things West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 this year. Not only will all nine of the Group Stage matches involving the Windies be aired live and available on-demand, but if they advance through to the finals, you’ll also be able to catch every delivery of those matches as well.*
And what’s more, you get access to a variety of on screen features, including SplitView – which lets you watch numerous events on one screen simultaneously – as well as No Spoilers (which hides the scores) and Key Moments (jumps straight to the events that changed the match), both of which greatly enhance the viewing experience and can be turned off for those wishing to watch on-demand. Kayo also has a “Minis” feature, which allows fans to watch a multi hours match in a replay version that’s condensed into just 15-30 minutes.* Considering every game of the tournament will run into the early hours of the morning, this mini on demand replay option will be key in allowing you to stay on top of the action.*
Simply take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the fixtures listed below so you can start streaming team West Indies live to one of the many eligible devices shown in the table.
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What time do the West Indies play? Live TV Fixtures (AEST)
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. ICC Cricket World Cup on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each contest. Consult the on-screen Kayo TV Guide for exact replay times. Due to licensing agreement, the Windies free to air fixtures coverage is limited to matches involving the Australian national team, semi-finals and finals.
|Friday 31 May||West Indies v Pakistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 6 June||West Indies v Australia||7.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 10 June||West Indies v South Africa||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 14 June||West Indies v England||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 17 June||West Indies v Bangladesh||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 22 June||West Indies v New Zealand||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 27 June||West Indies v India||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 1 July||West Indies v Sri Lanka||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 4 July||West Indies v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
ICC Cricket World Cup Streaming Guide
Kayo Sports allows you to stream the Windies at the ICC Cricket World Cup to a wide range of devices, giving you more flexibility than ever. You can tune into every delivery on your PC or Mac (via any of Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Edge), as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Android TV, and Google Chromecast.*
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Soon||App in development|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
West Indies Match Previews
The West Indies’ ICC Cricket World Cup campaign kicks off on the second night of the tournament with a clash against the similarly-placed Pakistan side on May 31. Both sides are capable on their day but neither is expected to advance from the Group Stage, so a win here is imperative for the Windies to start their World Cup on a positive note.
A couple of weeks later, they face perhaps their biggest test when they play England in Hampshire. The Windies showed they could match it with the Poms a few months ago, but it will be a different story in front of a vocal Hampshire crowd – can they again match it with the number one ranked team in the world?
West Indies’ ICC Cricket World Cup Results
The World Cup began at a time when the West Indies were the best team in world cricket, and triumphs at the first two incarnations of the event were hardly a surprise. They followed that up with yet another finals appearance in 1983, though on that occasion they went down to India in a low-scoring final.
Since then, however, pickings have been a little more slim. They managed a semi-final in 1996, but aside from that haven’t made it past the final eight in the past eight tournaments. Their last three have seen them advance to the quarter finals but fail to go any further, indicative of their inability to match it with the top teams over that period.
West Indies World Cup Stats
|Highest Innings Total||2/372 (vs Zimbabwe, 2015)|
|Lowest Innings Total||93 (vs Kenya, 1996)|
|Highest Individual Innings||215 (Chris Gayle vs Zimbabwe, 2015)|
|Best Bowling Figures||7/51 (Winston Davis vs Australia, 1983)|
|Most Matches||34 (Brian Lara)|
*Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges apply. SplitView available on selected, compatible devices. Kayo Sports service may only be used within Australia. 14 day free trial available to new Kayo customers only. HD availability subject to your Internet service and device capabilities.