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May 12, 2011
West Indies captain Darren Sammy struck a confident note ahead of the first Test against Pakistan and said that his team would look carry the winning momentum from the last two games of the ODI series against the visitors into the first Test.
"We fought back really well to win the last two matches in the one-day format and we will take that momentum and belief into the Test matches," Sammy said. "Test cricket is a different form of cricket, so we know we have to make the adjustment.
"We will have more time, so we will look to be patient as we execute. It's about occupying the crease and putting good totals on the board when we bat. When we bowl, it's about being patient and trying to get the ball in the right areas and building the pressure on the Pakistanis."
Pakistan won the first three matches of the five-match ODI series to seal the series, but West Indies came back to win a rain-marred fourth ODI and then sealed a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the final game.
"We believe we can win the series," Sammy said. "We believe this because we have worked hard in the build-up to the series and we know we have the ability to perform on home turf and get the better of Pakistan. We saw an improved batting performance in the last two matches of the one-day series and everyone in the team is feeling confident and fully prepared.
"We hope all the hard work we have been doing in the nets and the two-day warm-up match a few days ago, will be transferred into the middle. The way our bowling has been coming along in the last six months in one-day cricket and on the tour of Sri Lanka - we know we are capable of getting 20 wickets."
West Indies' bowling will be strengthened by the return of fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who hasn't played for his country in two years due to a serious back injury. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who was the leading wicket-taker in the five-match ODI series, with 11 wickets, is in line to make his Test debut.
West Indies struggled with their batting in the first three games of the ODI series, but the inclusion of the experienced Shivnarine Chaderpaul and the form shown by Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo in the ODI series, could provide them with the much-needed stability.
"I have strong confidence that whatever 11 is selected will go out and do the job for West Indies," Sammy said. "The Test match pitch looks similar to the one we played on in the one-day match here, so I have faith our attack will deliver against what is a good Pakistan team."
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala