West Indies banks on spin and Gayle against England
Darren Sammy was confident of West Indies' bowling attack and said Sunil Narine would be the trump card against England
Sammy hopes to exploit the English batsmen's weakness playing spin bowling.
West Indies’ ever-smiling captain, Darren Sammy, was bubbling over in anticipation of his team’s match against England. West Indies has not played one completed game in the tournament going into the Super Eights. Against Australia, only 9.1 overs of the chase was possible, while the Ireland match faced a soggier fate, with West Indies not getting to bat at all.
“England is the defending champion,” said Sammy. “I don't think they would allow the last game against India to play on their minds. We have our plans, we have to just go out and execute them.” While talking up the opposition, though, Sammy did not sell his team short. “We've had battles against them, and we have a good record against them in Twenty20 format.”
Understandably, spin bowling and Chris Gayle were central to West Indies’ plans, but this did not absolve others of their responsibilities. “”We will definitely look to bowl spin against them, but we have quality seam bowlers upfront in Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul,” said Sammy. “We have Samuel Badree, who is another spinner in the lineup, so everyone will be considered. Hopefully we will bowl well against England and have a good game.”
While the options may be many, the key strike weapon for the West Indies will be Sunil Narine. “I think everybody who comes in to bowl has a big role to play, but Sunil is our trump card,” said Sammy. “He's done well for us in this format, hopefully he could have a big impact on the English batting lineup.”
If the bowling hopes are pinned on Narine, who better to turn to for runs than the Twenty20 demolisher, Gayle? “Chris loves Twenty20, and since he’s got back he's been excellent for us,” said Sammy. “I just hope he will continue to perform. The fans love watching him play.”
Sammy also denied that Twenty20 cricket was a lottery, and said that his team was not in the tournament to merely challenge the opposition, but to go all the way and win. “The biggest strength for us is the belief in the dressing room that we could win this tournament and we left home thinking that,” he said. “We have quality in the dressing room. It's up to us to go out and display that quality out there, and take it game by game. Focus on England for tomorrow, then the next match and hopefully we will progress into the final and win this tournament.”