PREVIEW: WI aim for back-to-back wins

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Captain Darren Sammy hailed his team’s performance to win the second Digicel One-Day International on Sunday and is looking for the same level of commitment when they face the Australians in the third encounter on Tuesday.

The skipper, who took his 50th ODI wicket for West Indies in the hard-fought victory has called on his played to stick to the basic and “remember the team plan”.

The Windies were back by a capacity crowd of over 12,000 on Sunday and other full house if expected on Tuesday, which has been given as a Public Holiday by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. The series is now level 1-1 with three matches to go.

“The team played much better (than the first match). The bowlers did well again and there was more responsibility when chasing the runs. It was a total team effort. We have to repeat the good things that we did and also strive to get better,” the 28-year-old said.

“I was very pleased about the win. After waiting six years since the last time we beat them (Australia) it was an amazing feeling. We want to have that feeling again. We still need to bat a bit more responsibly, I believe, but everyone is putting in a massive effort and we believe we will see that level of commitment as we go forward.”

On Sunday, in a match reduced to 40-overs-a-side due to rain, Australia struggled to 154 for nine with off-spinner Sunil Narine finishing with four for 27 off eight overs. West Indies reached the Duckworth-Lewis target of 158 with 10 balls remaining as big-hitting Kieron Pollard top-scored with 47.

Australian captain Shane Watson admitted his batsmen had come up short. “In the end we were 20-30 runs short. We were unable to get big enough partnerships through the start or middle,” he said.

The surface is expected to be slow again and the batsmen will have to work for their runs. Veteran Michael Hussey says there is no doubt the team could do with the skill and experience of Michael Clarke and experience in their line-up.

“He’s been a class player for us over a long period of time and, particularly in the last six months, he’s performed outstandingly well. He’s definitely missed,” said Hussey.
“He plays the conditions and situations very, very well. From a batting point of view, in these conditions, if we can turn those 20s into 40s, then it can make a big difference. That’s an extra 15-20 runs which is quite a lot when you’re playing in these conditions. Certainly that's one thing we've got to try and get better at.”

West Indies squad:
Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Johnson Charles, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Kemar Roach; Head Coach: Ottis Gibson
Australia XI: Shane Watson (captain), David Warner, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade, Dan Christian, George Bailey, Nathan Lyon, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay; Head Coach: Mickey Arthur

ICC Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena and Peter Nero
Television Umpire: Shahvir Tarapore
4th Official: Gregory Brathwaite

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 01:00