Sammy: Windies can still do it
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - West Indies captain Darren Sammy is not only standing at the fore of his team in his capacity as skipper, but he is also standing behind them. Sammy, like all full-blooded West Indies fans believes that the boys have what it takes to retain the competitive edge that made them such a force to be reckoned within their heyday.
Speaking to members of the media in the Arrivals area at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, Sammy stated that Australia made a comeback to tie things up in the One Day Internationals and it was their turn to do the same going into the second T20 which is to be played at Kensington Oval tomorrow.
“Australia bounced back and levelled the series and now it’s our turn to do that. The confidence in the team is quite high so now we have to come back and do some more things right and hopefully we will be victorious and level the series.” he said.
With the backlash received from a drastic drop in fans and followers which came as a result of the drop in the team’s ranking and quality of play, Sammy said that he hoped to win over some favour with the recent fight the team had been showing against Australia which is known as one of the world powerhouses in cricket.
“If we go by the turnouts of the crowds for this series the public always asks for the West Indies to compete and now we are competing and getting some results in our favour. I hope we have won some hearts. All in all I just want us to continue playing together as a team. So far in this series we have managed to do that and you could see that the players are abiding to what Coach Gibson is trying to incorporate into the team. The professional attitude, the never-say-die attitude and it shows in our cricket.” he said.
Going on to mention that he thought they lacked firepower from the line-up in last T20, he said that he believes that Fidel Edwards would be a good fit for final 11 and that he would make impact on his homefield as he did for Barbados in regional T20 competition. He went on to say that the top order had some work to do and it had been a heavy talking point amongst the team for some time.
“We have spoken about it in team meetings that the top order must give the lower order a platform off which we could launch at the end and so far we have not managed to do that but I have full confidence that it will come soon although we have one Twenty20 left. This may be the one where everybody clicks and we could level the series.” he said.
With the rather sporadic performances of late and particularly in the current series, when asked if he thought the West Indies have what it takes to be consistent, Sammy said, “That is something we are definitely working on. Whether it’s me at the helm or whoever, as a team we want results and consistency is one of our goals, playing a brand of cricket that the public and the fans will be happy about and so far in this series, we have raised our level, we just have to maintain. I know fully that we could do that in this Digicel Home Series and there is more from us to come.”
The West Indies are to face Australian in the second and final Twenty20 this Friday at Kensington Oval. There is one change to the team, with Danza Hyatt in for Darren Bravo who has been released to play WICB Regional 4-Day for Trinidad and Tobago to prepare for the test series.