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September 21, 2012
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said having attacking batsmen in the team will be handy in their World Twenty20 campaign, for which they are looking for a collective effort.
"It's good to have guys who dominate," Sammy said, ahead of their campaign opener. "Everybody in the team is looking at one common aim, which is winning. It won't take one person, it'll take an entire team to put all the ingredients together so we can get a nice little soup to eat."
West Indies go into the tournament with a strong team, with hard-hitters in Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, effective allrounders in Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, and the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year, Sunil Narine, in their ranks. Sammy was confident that West Indies being touted as among the favourites to win the tournament wouldn't deter them from trying to execute their skills on the field, where it all matters.
"Being favourites doesn't guarantee you a place in the final. You have to play every match and play it well. It's about executing properly. It's good to have guys who could clear the boundaries with ease, but at the end of the day you've got to do it on the pitch."
On Saturday, they will face an Australia side who were relentless in their game against Ireland, beating them by seven wickets. Sammy said his team was up for the challenge.
"To us, every game in the tournament is a tough game. We've prepared very well. We had our last practice session and everybody's ready. The most important thing for us is the belief we have in our team that we could go all the way. Tomorrow we play Australia and all our focus and attention will be towards this game.
"Everybody's good to play. It might be a difficult XI to pick, everybody's eager to start the tournament. Whatever XI we put out there, we've got to do a job for the Caribbean people."
Among the handy allrounders is Andre Russell, who hasn't played a T20 international since October 2011. Russell said this has been among the best preparation periods he and his team have had since he started playing for West Indies.
"We've been monitoring the training and the rest period very well. My body feels well and strong compared to other tournaments and tours," Russell said. "I'd say my batting is up at the top at the moment, my bowling is still there, the captain can call on me anytime to come and get the job done, the way I'm hitting the ball, the balance and everything, is just the way I always want it."
Sammy being spoilt for choice augurs well for the team, but as he himself mentioned, it's all about executing the skills on the pitch. Playing Australia on Saturday would offer a clearer picture of how strong West Indies really are and whether, as Russell mentioned, they "get the job done".
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