West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence

'We can win the Test series' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 12, 2011

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Lendl Simmons attacks during his aggressive innings, West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Providence, Guyana, May 5, 2011
Lendl Simmons was the top scorer for West Indies in the ODI series and will look to carry his good form into the Tests © AFP
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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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Posted by NCassie on (May 12, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

Yes I may agree the talent is there within the team, but the WI team needs a leader with talent, Sammy will continue to be a poppet to the Wi Board and his own personal performance will continue to suffer..

Posted by drtrinileggie on (May 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

PLEASE GET RID OF SAMMY BAUGH SMITH,

IN D GANGA RAMDIN, FIDEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THAT WOULD BE A WORLD BEATING SIDE

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

The first test is on its way.Give Sammy a break.His sincerity and enthusiasm are good qualities for WI at this time.Win or lose it would be competitive cricket by WI.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

No need for Sammy to predict an event that is taking plave as he speaks, viz who will win the test series with Pakistan! West Indies should play the game to their best, and the results will take care of themselves. There are traces of improvement if only in attitude! Keep it up. Truth is, the talent is there!

Posted by ramps_wi on (May 12, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

All the best to the WI team.....looking forward to champions league where true leadership skills will be demonstrated again hopefully this time the selectors will be moved

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Sammy is confident.... that he is the worst captain in international cricket? I thought Ponting was bad, but at least Ponting covered up his flaws with a good team and talent with the bat. Sammy bowls dibbly-dabbly medium pace which rarely threatens and has at least 3 obvious flaws with the bat.... you tell me he can lead? Sammy paints the picture for West Indies cricket on its current path: terminal decline.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

candyfloss pakistan is racked more than wi, u r not informed very much

Posted by fox6020 on (May 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

I agree with the side which enigma12345 has picked for the match. However, since Sammy is captain he will have to play. I really think that Simmons or Bravo should keep. This would result in both the batting and bowling being stronger. Even though I have made previous comments that Sammy should not be captain and I since hold this belief very strongly, let's see what he can do in these 2 tests. Even if the WI wins and Sammy fails he should be changed for the India series. Let us give the players a chance. If Baugh is in the 11, give him a chance but if his performance is low (as expected) then replace him. Good luck WI, you guys can win the series. Expect Sarwan and Chanderpaul to make big scores as they have something to prove to the WICB, fans and public... leading wicket takers will be Bishoo, Rampaul and Roach.

Posted by TestIP on (May 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

Please Sammy! This guy is a waste and not sure why he was made the captain. He cannot bat nor bowl. Therfore should not even be in the WI team. Unfortunately the management of the WICB needs to be changed in a hurry. They are sending this team in the wrong direction. WHERE IS RAMDIN....this guy can surely bat better than bough and the other wicketkeep who made 5 ducks in the World cup. Time for a change. It is a bias selection panel because the WI team should be: Gayle, Simmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul,Nash,Bravo, Ramdin, Bishoo, Edwards, Roach, Taylor. Try this team and see the difference.

Posted by lyl67 on (May 12, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

West Indies winning the series will be a pleasant suprise, however with Sammy leading I dont think so, if the West Indies continue the current trend in a few years they will me the minnows of international cricket. The management should do the right thing and retire before it is to late. they have been a failure over the last decade and more.

STOP BLAMING EVERYONE AND LOOK LOOK AT YOURSELVES WEST INDIES MANAGEMENT. Make the correct decision before it is to late

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