West Indies would have hoped to win the third and final T20I after having already lost the series 0-2 to New Zealand to save their pride being two-time and reigning T20 World Champions.
But the rain ensured no such return for the Men in Maroon on Monday (November 30), as the game abandoned in at the Bay Oval.
After the disappointing series loss to the Black Caps, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said he did not expect his side to be completely outplayed in the T20I series while blaming the lack of attitude and intent on the field apart from the sloppy fielding for the loss against the hosts.
The all-rounder also pointed out that some of his players didn’t get much to train before the T20I series as they directly arrived in New Zealand after IPL 2020 stint and then had to quarantine for 14 days.
Pollard told reporters, “Obviously disappointed. As a unit didn't expect to be outplayed this badly. The onus was on us to compete and win the series. The conditions are totally different to where we come from. We didn't have enough time to practice, to get middle wicket practice, like that, which is why it's been hard to win in New Zealand. Fielding is an attitude.”
He further explained, “That's the only time it's 11 vs 2 on the park. And if you don't show the intent to want to do it, it's going to be difficult. So as individuals, we have to look in the mirror. We don't want to feel like laughing stocks in the dressing room.”
The skipper signed off, “We have an opportunity now to think about it and come back. Next year is very crucial with the World Cup coming up. So if players don't show that attitude, they may get the boot.”
Noteworthy, West Indies led by Jason Holder will now face New Zealand in the two-match Test series starting from December 3 at Seddon in Hamilton.
(With ESPNCricinfo Inputs)