Windies remained upbeat - Pollard

BRISBANE, Australia - Middle order batsman Keiron Pollard says West Indies were able to defeat Australia in a one-off T20 match Wednesday because the players remained motivated despite suffering a five nil drubbing in the ODI series which ended Sunday.

Darren Sammy’s men maintained their status as T20 world beaters on the strength of an exciting 27 run win over Australia at the Gabba.

Pollard, who played an influential role with bat and ball to derail the Aussies stride to erase 191, says West Indies players had enough fight left in them.

“We lost the One-Dayers but everyone was still upbeat. We didn’t let the defeats get us down too much,” said Pollard who hit two sixes and two fours in a quick fire 26 and returned to grab three middle order wickets for 30 runs.

“We just knew we had to rebound and look to be dominant in tonight’s game. It was a matter of keeping our heads up and going out and ‘representing’ for West Indies cricket”.

Pollard was one of the leading players in the West Indies team which won the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka last year.

In recent matches he has hit top form – with an unbeaten century in the fourth ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground followed by 45 in the fifth ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He said Wednesday’s performance was needed after they endured a tough series in the 50-over format.

“It was good to get a win in the version of the game where we are the champions of the world,” said Pollard.

“This match was good for me as I was able to do the job with bat and ball. No matter what job I’m called on to perform for the team I’m always up for it”.

Pollard, named man-of the match- got rid of Brad Haddin and the debutant Ben Rohrer, the last remaining specialist batsman as the Aussies plunged to defeat.

“I was pleased with my bowling,” he said.

“I have not been doing a lot of bowling recently, so I just tried to show what I can do...just do what the team needed at that particular point and time.”

The West Indies will depart from Australia on Thursday afternoon and are due to arrive back in the Caribbean on Friday afternoon.

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 03:51