West Indies v Australia, 1st Twenty20, St Lucia March 27, 2012

Sammy confident ahead of T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has said it is important for the team to quickly change gears as they look to win the two-match Twenty20 series against Australia. West Indies had a chance to beat Australia in a bilateral ODI series for the first time in 17 years but ended up drawing 2-2. Sammy, though, said the effort to go up 2-1 in that series had given the side confidence.

"These matches will give us a gauge as to where we are. The belief is there," Sammy said. "It was clear during the last two weeks. We are getting stronger. We have good batting with guys in the middle and lower order who can clear the boundaries. We also have a good bowling attack, and as a team we have bought into what is required."

The two-match series is also a chance to focus on building the team for the forthcoming ICC World T20 Championship in September in Sri Lanka. West Indies have been drawn in the same group as Australia for that tournament and the current series could prove to be a preview.

The selectors have called up batting allrounders Dwayne Smith and Nkrumah Bonner, left-arm medium-fast bowler Krishmar Santokie, fast bowler Fidel Edwards and spinner Garey Mathurin to the Twenty20 squad.

"It is vital we get the right mix of players, the guys we are looking at to represent West Indies," Sammy said.

Smith, who last represented West Indies in a Twenty20 international against England at The Oval in September 2011, is "excited" to make a comeback at the top of the order.

"I am always up to the task of playing for West Indies," he said. "I like it at the top. Most of the people who get hundreds in T20 bat at the top, where you get a chance to bat 120 balls. It's good for me to get out there early and put the scores on the board."

The first Twenty20 international is scheduled to be played today in St Lucia.

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @life - You are still talking about mickey mouse cricket, i'm talking REAL cricket (test match cricket) "bro". WI have always been known as no skill just brutal tactics which suits MM cricket, if WI can survive 4 days in a test then i will say there's improvement. Seriously, you guys have gone from flat, fast and bouncy wickets to low, dead, sub continent wickets because that is the only chance WI have against any good team. Throw in any spinner from A grade cricket and he can get wickets on that rubbish.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    sammy say what ausssi will bury the windies

  • Wayne on March 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Reading these comments that the WI team has made improvements and watching the T20 currently playing in St Lucia, I wonder whether there is another WI team in an alternate universe. I'm here scratching my head looking for some semblance of the improvement I read about, but it's rather difficult to locate. Firstly, there is the absence of leadership on the field, and then the approach that was taken in their turn at bat makes me think that nobody but Pollard and Bravo (Dwayne) really wanted to play this game. If this is the approach advised by the backroom brains of the operation, then we certainly need a new management team in the situation room. Looks like nothing much has changed here after all.

  • John on March 27, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    We Indian fans are fully with West Indies...Please defeat Australia...Expecting Pollard and Sammy to hammer the Aussie bowlers again.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Congratulations to Sammy and the coaching staff. Without a doubt the West Indies team has turned the corner.It is not that Austrailia is playing bad cricket but Sammy and our boys have improved. They will win both T20 matches.

  • Rohit on March 27, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Common W indies show your best game. And bravo ,samuel learn how to play crciket by russel, sammy.

  • Pragnesh on March 27, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    hiee friends today wi will win with big margine..........................rocking polard todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Good luck west indies t20 match.

  • SHASHIDHAR on March 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Today Australia are in full josh with last match victory.Go Aussies Go

  • Mani on March 27, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Chad, if WI cannot last 3 days in real cricket, yet had put up some show and lasted 3 days (2 wins and 1 tie) against Australia, then Australia is not playing real cricket yet Aus is #1. You have to agree with this because this is your logic.

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