Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 27, 2014

Faulkner needles West Indies ahead of crunch game


There is already some history between the Australians and Chris Gayle from last year, and James Faulkner's comments ahead of his side's World T20 clash with West Indies has only revived those feelings. Faulkner has said he does not "particularly like" the West Indies players, to which Darren Sammy has replied that the Australia allrounder is probably the only cricketer who does not like the men from the Caribbean.

In his debut series early last year, Faulkner was fined a part of his match fee for shouting in Gayle's direction after dismissing the batsman in Canberra. Faulkner suggested he would not hesitate to do something similar if it helped Australia in what is almost a must-win game for both sides.

"I don't particularly like them," Faulkner said. "Good players are good players. You have to do things to get under their skin and try and irritate them to try and get them off their game. Players do that to me and I do it to other players. It's a fact of the game. A lot of it is played in your mind. If you can do something to upset somebody and upset their team, it goes a long way towards doing well as a group."

Even Brad Haddin and Gayle had had a run-in last year during the Big Bash. When Haddin was dismissed by Gayle, Haddin said that at least then the fans of Gayle's franchise had seen him do something for his money. Gayle had been having a poor tournament with the bat for Sydney Thunder. Gayle had responded with a tweet saying that he was better than Haddin even if he batted right-handed.

When asked whether this background would be added motivation for his team, Sammy pointed to West Indies' big win over Australia in the 2012 World T20 semi-final, and said that if anyone had bragging rights, it was his team.

"The Australians normally have a lot to say. We are here to play cricket. I think probably James is the only cricketer that does not love West Indians. I could safely say West Indies are the second favourite team for the fans. It does not bother us. Talk is talk. We have got to walk the talk out there on the cricket field. He can say all he wants. We are not bothered by it.

"I think the last time we played them in a World Cup we all know what happened. If anybody should be talking probably we should, but I do not want to say that. Once we back ourselves and play like we know how to play T20... they will come with their pace attack. Last time they did that we scored 200 I think.

"We are not threatened by them. It is another game of cricket. Once we play to our full potential... so far in this tournament we have not played to our full potential. Once we do that, we will be very destructive. We were destructive in that semi-final last World Cup."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Time for the the calypso and the Gangnam dance......looking forward to an India V/s WI finals in great spirit.

  • Sundar on March 30, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    I have always admired the WIs for their skills, dominance and the spirit with which they play cricket. WI is the team to beat in T20! Aus may have picked up skills in all departments and formats of cricket but are yet to prove they are 'gentlemen' of the game. Like the little master SRT has said and demonstrated 100 times, "Let your bat do the talk"!

  • ESPN on March 29, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Yes saamy West Indies is my second favourite team

  • mustaq on March 29, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    what a reply by WI . go go gayle/bravo/sammy/samuels & WI co .

  • Dummy on March 29, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Aussies feel they only have right to sledge. Sammy replied fittingly both on and off the field. Salute WI team

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    West Indies may have their moments.....but when it comes to T20 they are the most entertaining players ever

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Thanks Faulkner for firing up the windies engine. You tried to get under their skin... But what you did was brought the jumper cables.. Watch out teams the West Indies is now the team to beat

  • Android on March 29, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    if you had to play for england;you would have been dismissed...

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    I happy to know that some people in the world can live without money and its clear that the WI players make more money than you. We have our right to be cocky, deal with it. West Indies we love you all of YOU! Play the haters no mind!!! Jealousy is everywhere. Australia has to teach themselves a lesson.

  • Android on March 28, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Serves him right

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