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Sammy focussed on consistency

West Indies skipper pleased with warm-up victory over Australia, looking forward to a full house in opening World T20 match against England

13 March 2016 20:53

Sammy focussed on consistency - Cricket News

Darren Sammy's unbeaten half-century guided West Indies to a thrilling win over Australia.

The West Indies played its first warm up match of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 against India, and there were 40,000 fans at the Eden Gardens watching the match. On Sunday, when the team played Australia, almost 20,000 fans were in attendance.

"It (the crowds) tell us we are playing in India," said Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, after his side had won its second warm-up match by three wickets, with the skipper hitting an unbeaten 50 off 28 balls in the chase. "In India we know cricket is a religion and the fact that we got to play against India and there were so many people here, it was very exciting.

“I am really looking forward to playing at the Wankhede in front of a full house,” added Sammy, about his side’s opening World T20 encounter against England, that will take place on March 16.

Sammy's team put on a show for the fans that thronged the Eden Gardens, securing victory from an unlikely position with a ball to spare. The captain's unbeaten half-century trumped the effort of Josh Hazlewood, who took a hat-trick for Australia. "I was just looking to bat out the overs. They started off really well and in the last four overs, with the power we had-- myself, Carlos (Brathwaite) and even Ashley (Nurse) -- we back ourselves to chase even 10-15 runs an over. I just wanted to stay calm and make sure I can finish the job for my team."

Sammy also had words of praise for Dwayne Bravo, who returned figures of 4 for 21 in four overs. "Any win against Australia is special. Today we had Dwayne Bravo, who is a very experienced death bowler, and he showed off his skills. They started off with a flier, but as soon as the ball got old it was more difficult to hit. That was a brilliant comeback from the bowlers, and the way the lower order chased down that total was really good."

Despite his team's come-from-behind win, Sammy believed it has much to work on. "We still have not played a complete game. If the top bat well, we have not done well at the end; and if we've started well with the ball, we've not managed to finish well. So it's about putting all the pieces together-- the Power Play, the middle overs and the death overs as well. Each player must take responsibility for the section of the game they are called upon to play in."