Coach: West Indies will come out fighting

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- West Indies head coach David Williams has called on his players to learn from the experiences in their opening match against Pakistan and come out fighting against Australia on Saturday. First ball is 9.30 am (3.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/2.30 am Jamaica Time).

In their opening Group A ICC Champions Trophy match on Wednesday night at the Wanderers, the Windies lost by five wickets to Pakistan in a low-scoring match. They will return to the same venue to face the Aussies.

“On Wednesday night we did not play well in the first half of the game but we got our thoughts together at the break and we decided we had to hit back at the Pakistanis. We bowled really well and fielded brilliantly to make a game of it in the end. What that performance demonstrated, was, that we have the ability to deliver at this level and we will be going into the game against with Australia with confidence,” Williams said.

“It was encouraging performance in the end. There is some momentum in the team and the players are up for the Australia match. This is a young team and they are all very excited to have the opportunity to perform at the international level. It’s all about believing in themselves and having the application and determination to combat what is thrown at them.”

West Indies are in Group A alongside Australia, India and Pakistan. Group B is made up of South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England.