Sammy wants WI to play like champs
BRISBANE, Australia - Captain Darren Sammy wants West Indies to play like world champions when they meet Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
West Indies are the Word T20 champions and their match against Australia is coming on the heels of a dreaded whitewash in a five-match ODI series.
Sammy says his men have not played like the team that won the T20 title in Sri Lanka last year and is therefore promising the Aussies a show at the Gabba.
“We have to come in and play like true champions. We are the World Champions and we want to showcase our skills and show the people of Australia what we have,” Sammy said.
“We have not demonstrated that a lot on this tour so we have to look to put it together on Wednesday”.
West Indies beat Australia in the semi-finals and went on to defeat Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC T20.
Sammy, hoping for similar performance on Wednesday, has vowed that his side will be “going all out for a win”.
“We have an opportunity to finish the tour on a high. We did the job very well in Sri Lanka last year. The last time we played against Australia in this format we completely outplayed them so that is the kind of motivation we will carry into the match,” said the Windies captain.
“The people over here in Australia have been very supportive of us and we have not demonstrated our very best cricket for them to see, so we want to give them something special before we head back home.”
Sammy noted that the West Indies failed to win the “50-50 moments” during the ODI Series.
However, he was full of praise for fast bowler Tino Best, who bowled with good pace and got four wickets in his two matches.
“Australia played very well throughout the series and we didn’t play very at our very best and the results told us so,” he said.
“Tino bowled really well in the two matches he played. As he said he was on ‘six cylinders’ and got some good wickets for us.”
Sammy also praised rookie opener Johnson Charles, who scored his maiden international century despite the Windies defeat in the final ODI.
“For a young guy who has been under pressure, to come out and score his first hundred at the MCG, that was really great and I would like to commend him on the way he played,”said Sammy.
“He played well from start to finish of the innings and we hope he can continue from his point.”
The West Indies will have a full training session at the Gabba on Tuesday morning.