March 18, 2009

England in West Indies 2009

We must maintain momentum

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Nikita Miller

Nikita Miller celebrates his first one-day international wicket, West Indies v Australia, 4th ODI, St Kitts, July 4, 2008
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I am just joining the Digicel Series 2009. I am confident but not over-confident. I’m on a high after a successful first-class season. I am hoping to come now and put in my best for the team in the Digicel ODI Series.

The team has been doing well since New Zealand. There have been definite improvements; we are now all seeing it. There has been a lot of work put into the team over this time and we are now being rewarded for our efforts. We had a good win for the Digicel Test Series and the Digicel Twenty20 and hopefully we can move from strength to strength.

It would be great to have a clean streak, so winning the Digicel ODI Series would be great. We didn’t have a good result in New Zealand but we have had a positive start to the year so hopefully we can seal it off with another win.

I have put in a lot of work playing first-class cricket so I am ready to play for West Indies. It is a different game playing first-class as opposed to ODIs but I am ready and committed to making the transition. It is a mental game, so I have to adjust my game to suit the one-day set-up and I think I’m more than capable of doing that. I am looking forward to the two days of training for the Digicel ODIs in Guyana.

It is very exciting to join the team when they are on this high from winning. It instils confidence coming into a winning team and I’m hoping that I can come and make a contribution to the Windies.

From experience, the pitch in Guyana is always slow with not a lot of bounce and I am not expecting it to be different this time around. Obviously anything can happen on game day but Guyana has a history of producing slow low tracks and I will be preparing for that. I am preparing myself for any eventuality, I have to prepare myself for the worst and hope for the best.

To the Windies fans please continue to support your team. As always, I will try and put in my best for the team, and your support is invaluable and I won’t let you down.

Stay tuned as I, and some of the other West Indies cricketers, keep you up to date on the Digicel Series 2009 through our diaries.

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