West Indies going places says Sammy
Bridgetown, Barbados — Darren Sammy said West Indies planned to continue rising to the challenge, when they face Australia in the first Digicel Test, which opens on Saturday at Kensington Oval.
The West Indies captain said his side had gotten the bit between their teeth during the preceding Digicel One-day and Digicel Twenty20 International Series, and had no plans of going backwards in the Digicel Test Series.
“If we bring out the same attitude we showed in the Digicel ODIs and Digicel T20Is, we can do well again,” said Sammy at the media launch of the Digicel Test Series on Thursday at Kensington Oval.
“The coach has a goal for the team. . .[He] has stressed on professionalism and you can see the team is improving.”
Sammy said over the last 12 months, West Indies had shown signs of improvement and they’ve been fighting hard. He felt there was a new attitude that had pervaded the team and the current group of players believed they could win games and not just turn up to compete.
“For me as captain, it’s a simple task – to get the guys to gel well, play together, and go out there and execute the team plan because the more we think team, the more results we will get,” he said.
“The fact we can go out on the field and look like a unit and that never say die attitude, that’s been the most important thing. As we saw in the limited-overs games, we've been down less than 100-5 a few games and still posted over 200.”
Sammy said West Indies may have gained a bit of momentum from their performances in the Digicel ODIs and Digicel T20Is, but they could not take this for granted.
“Three sessions in a day, whoever wins the most sessions will be the more successful,” he said. “In Tests, it only takes one bad session, one bad hour, and your back is against the wall.
“It’s going to be a test of mental strength and technique because at the end of the day, Test matches are where everything is put to the test.”
Sammy said the players had made a conscious effort to fight for West Indies and this was what fans were seeing on the field of play.
“We know what the fans expect,” he said. “They want us to win. But if we lose and they see us fighting hard, they are satisfied. “We have not won for a long time and everybody’s just making that effort to go out there and represent the region well.”
Sammy said the bowling attack did exceptionally well for the team last year, but the batting would be the key to success of the side in the Digicel Test Series.
“The selectors will come up with the best combination they think will give us the best chance of winning, but our bowling combination didn’t do too badly over the last year,” he said.
“Our batting has to play a crucial role in this series. . .The batting has shown that they are capable of scoring runs, so it’s very important that the top six get the bulk of the runs – Kirk, Bravo, Shiv, Narsingh and the young openers.
“We hope that they dig in and find a way to score runs, but it’s going to take a team effort to pile on the runs against the Aussies.”
West Indies Squad
Darren Sammy (Captain)
Kirk Edwards (Vice Captain)
Carlton Baugh (Wicket-keeper)
Digicel Test Series Match schedule:
April 7-11: 1st Digicel Test – Kensington Oval, Barbados
April 15-19: 2nd Digicel Test – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
April 23-27: 3rd Digicel Test – Windsor Park, Dominica