Coach says Windies 'unconcerned' if Oz withdraws top players from ongoing ODI series
Sydney, Feb 2 : West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said that his team will not be affected if some of Australia's top players were forced to pull out of the ongoing one-day series so that they can prepare for their upcoming Test tour to India.
Dismissing suggestions that West Indies would be offended by the withdrawals, Gibson said that due to a packed international schedule, teams like Australia have the right to rest and protect players from different formats of the game, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Gibson added that the team is unconcerned with whomever they face on the field, and said that the main focus of his team will be keeping the team spirit high and playing with pride and passion for a victorious outcome.
With the five-match series against the West Indies almost overlapping the four-Test India tour, Cricket Australia (CA) will be forced to fly some of the one-day squad over to India early.
Michael Clarke, Xavier Doherty, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc and Matthew Wade are among those who might be taken out of the West Indies series.
The West Indies were thrashed by nine wickets in the series opener at the WACA Ground.