Sammy - Series is good 2015 preparation

Trinidad Express article.

St John's, Antigua - West Indies T20 and Test captain Darren Sammy says the “We vs Them” series will serve as good preparation ahead of the ICC World Cups.

With less than a year to the global 50-over event in 2015, Sammy underlined the importance of the one-day series against England starting tomorrow to the West Indies.

“No doubt, you know, we still have a few players out injured but it is all preparation building into the World Cup and it shows when we prepare well we can go on to win World Cups and that’s what we did building up to 2012 for the T20, and there is no reason why we can’t do the same come 2015 in New Zealand and Australia ,” Sammy said, who is on the mend from an injury sustained during the recent New Zealand tour.

Sammy said he knew captain Dwayne Bravo had spoken about the West Indies preparing for those World Cups next year.

“So it’s where we start here. If we could play well and beat England here at home and continue the trend.... gain some confidence in trying to defend the T20 World Cup as well, look to improve our performances because that’s what the fans want us to do. They want us to win matches and us to represent the region well,” he said. 

Sammy was happy to be back, but he admitted that the series against England would present “a massive challenge for us and we are all looking forward to doing the battle “We v Them”.

“The fans in Antigua have seen a lot of cricket,” Sammy added. “They have supported us very well so we are just asking them to come out and support us in large numbers. I know my good friend Chike will have his new stand and will be trying to get the public to come out and support the West Indies team. We know as players, we have to go out and contribute to that by the way we perform on the cricket field...Hopefully the whole Antigua population and the neighbouring islands coming to support the WI team, Sammy said.

Sammy said his role in the ODI side would be to ensure the West Indies complete their full innings or if the team is chasing, “ try to bring the team home.”

“My role as a bowler has always been to be economical whilst picking up wickets, and something I have done well throughout my career especially with the ball. So I am just looking to give the captain all the support he needs and looking to be a leader in the field and motivate the guys to go out and represent the region,” Sammy concluded.

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:05