Teamwork is key says Reifer

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Team work and confidence will be the key components as the West Indies prepare to enter the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy tournament, captain Floyd Reifer has outlined. Speaking ahead of the first official warm-up match against hosts South Africa on Friday, the left-handed batsman noted that his players are in very good spirits following their ten-day camp in Potchefstroom.

“We have the belief that we can do well and we have been working well as a team since we arrived here in South Africa. Cricket is a tough game and we know it won’t be easy but we are prepared to fight every time we take the field,” Reifer said. “The facilities here are excellent and we had the chance to put in some hard work in the time that we have been here. We are now into the main part of the tour and everyone is ready for the challenge. We need to put it together as a unit when the big matches come.”

West Indies are in Group A alongside Australia, India and Pakistan. All their tournament matches will be played at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. In the first round: vs Pakistan (September 23), vs Australia (September 26), vs India (September 30).

Reifer added: “The focus is on doing well, and making each match count. We are here to represent the people of the Caribbean. We know we are in a tough group we are a young team. We know if we god out there o any given day and play good, hard tough cricket we can win. We are a good allround team. To win in at this level you have to play well in all three departments – bowl well, field well, and bat well, and we are prepared to do what is required.”

Friday’s match is a day/night contest against the Proteas is being played at Senwes Park. The home team won the toss and elected to bat. The Windies second warm-up match will be against Sri Lanka on Sunday at the LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria, starting at 9:30 am (3:30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/2:30 am Jamaica Time).

Group B is made up of South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England. The ICC CT09 is a short, snappy limited-overs event which features the top eight nations in world cricket playing 15 matches in two weeks.