West Indies in Australia 2012-13 January 27, 2013

Gibson calls for climb up ODI ladder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ottis Gibson wants his West Indies side to use their Twenty20 success to help improve their one-day cricket. They go into the series in Australia ranked seventh in ODIs and Gibson is looking for them to move up the ladder.

West Indies open their tour against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on Tuesday with speculation surrounding Gibson's future. He will almost certainly be in charge for the five-match ODI series and the one-off T20 - West Indies first match against a major nation since winning the World T20 in October.

"We are the T20 world champions and we are proud of what we achieved in that tournament but that doesn't put any added pressure on the team," Gibson said. "Hopefully with that victory and what we achieved more people will come and watch us.

"It's something we have to move on from and think about moving up the ladder in one-day cricket and getting ourselves in the mix with the best teams in the world. We believe we're a top team but we now have to show it with the way we play."

West Indies welcome back Ramnaresh Sarwan into their squad, which Gibson described as having a "good mix" of young and experienced players. They prepared with the Caribbean T20, which Gibson saw as a positive with all his players getting game time and playing themselves into form.

"We're hoping we can hit the ground running," he said. "The Prime Minister's XI is our one opportunity for preparation and it gives us a good chance to get some practice. Hopefully we put on a good show but the main aim is to get our preparation right for the one-day series on Friday."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy echoed his coach's sentiment on getting their preparation right. "The guys have been playing a lot of cricket back home and hopefully we can get this series off to a great start here. As an individual and as a team we have just got to get the basics right and execute if you want to win."

West Indies lost their last ODI series 3-2 in Bangladesh, and the series against Australia comes less than 12 months after the sides drew 2-2 in the Caribbean last March.

"It will be competitive out here, that's for sure," Sammy said. "I see it as a continuation of what happened in the Caribbean. We want to play hard, competitive cricket. It's always a challenge to play Australia anywhere in the world, but even more so in their own backyard. We believe we can come here and if we can execute our plans and play to our strengths, we can be successful."

West Indies have a poor recent record to overcome. They have not won an ODI in Australia since January 1997 - 13 completed ODIs ago - and their last series victory came in 1992, when they won a tri-series also involving Pakistan.

"We have a lot of respect for Australia, you can never count Australia out," Sammy said. "They're professionals and know how to dig themselves out of a hole. We won't watch the results of the Sri Lanka series but we'll look at some areas to implement in our game. I expect it to be a hard-fought battle and we're looking to play it very hard."

As might be expected, Sammy is looking to Chris Gayle to have a defining impact for them. West Indies played at the same venue against the Prime Minister's XI two years ago and made 399 for 5 off 45 overs. Gayle made 146 off 89 balls.

"I remember Chris hitting the ball all over the park," Sammy said. "I'm expecting Chris to have a good tour as a whole. When he came back home he looked really good and I think he almost had the most runs in the Caribbean T20 tournament after just a couple of games. We all know what he's capable of, but the strength for us is the way the team has performed together. We are getting stronger as a unit."

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  • anil on January 30, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    This is a very good side in all departments. However, Shivnarine Chanderpaul must not be put aside. We have seen this same side go down for small scores due to recklessness and bad judgement. When that happens there is only one man to stand in the crease and play the game.......Shivnarine Chanderpaul. I think he should be in the side

  • harvey on January 29, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Dom Bourke: I don't think having both Bravo and Sammy in the team (along with Powell) changes the balance in ODIs. Sammy is more of a bowler while the other two are more batsmen who bowl - Bravo's bowling has virtually backslid into obscurity but his batting in any format is world class and can earn him a pick above most in the Caribbean, we need only to look back at the T20 WC for proof. I feel (we) Windies will be competitive and entertaining but having looked at Aussie a lot of late, I feel their bowling will be strong and give them an edge over our batting....I don't know how the younger batsmen will handle Starc's pace and inswing from over the wicket for example. I'm obviously rooting for us but....

  • Alex on January 29, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    WI will be great in the 20/20 games , but the 50 over game will give them trouble no matter who the opponents . Most of the players lack the ability to last at the wicket for any period of time that is required . We carry the 4&6 batsmen that have no respect for 1&2 that will keep the score board ticking over . But deep down inside me ,I do hope we SMASH the AUSSIES.

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    So with Sammy as captain and Bravo as vice, will that unbalance the WI team as Pollard will also play, is that too many all rounders in the side? I would like to see Deonarine get a few games, he's a good middle order player with useful offies, so I hope the WI selectors get the team right and don't have too many all rounders and play an extra genuine batsman, what does everyone else think?

  • Wahab on January 29, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Not being biased but i really want WI to win this series ! ... They have got talent although some them are over expressive players but they do posses talent.

  • Adam on January 29, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    And Warm_Coffee with all respect, what are you talking about? Who should be getting a chance to play more cricket, the University of Alabama? Zee Germans?

    There are about a dozen competent ODI sides in the world. So how do you spread the game by not playing it?

  • Adam on January 29, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    This squad looks strange to me. What happened to Ravi Rampaul? And I like Devon Thomas but I'm afraid he's WI's third-best keeper.

    The thing is if WI can all play well at the same time (you know, "all beat as one...") they can beat anyone, but if Andre Russell and Chris Gayle sleep through the series they can't beat Bangladesh.

    And I would so like Sarwan to not get out for a duck off 43 balls. Come on you guys!

    As for Shiv Chanderpaul, I can see giving him a rest. He looks out of place in one day cricket.

  • Sabzee on January 29, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    I am a hardcore West indian supporter..and I have a lot of faith that with this team they will pull out some victories.It very sad to see Marlon is out of the card..I am over whelmed with Sarwan's return..GO u Mighty WINDIES!!

  • Jay on January 28, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Without Marlon, WI cannot win Test matches. Period!!