Gayle ready for big day on Saturday

LONDON, England -- The West Indies will be backing themselves to get off to a winning start when they face Australia in the opening match of the second edition of the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 2009 Tournament.

According to captain Chris Gayle the Windies will be looking for a “strong start”, when face the Aussies on Saturday at The Oval at 2 pm (9 am Eastern Caribbean Time/8 am Jamaica Time). The Windies had a full training session at The Oval on Friday and looked ready for the challenge ahead.

“We are definitely looking forward to it… it is Australia in the first match and that will be a big match for us to start. We will be going up against a good team and that is the kind of game that will always bring out the best in you,” Gayle said. “We know we have to be on top of our game, but the key is to be yourself, keep the game simple, play positively and to our strengths.”

All eyes will be on Gayle as he is one of the game’s most powerful batsmen. In the opening game of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup have blasted a memorable 117 against South Africa, a knock he would like to repeat.

“I was really happy with the way I batted. It was the kind of innings you dream of playing. It would be a great feeling if I could repeat that kind of knock and lead us to a win. We would like to win this tournament to bring smiles on the faces of our fans and bring back that happiness, but we will take it step by step, one match at a time.”

TEAM: Chris Gayle (Captain), Denesh Ramdin (Vice Captain/Wicket-keeper), Andre Fletcher, Xavier Marshall, Lendl Simmons, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shiv Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, David Bernard, Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Fidel Edwards, Lionel Baker.