West Indies captain Darren Sammy is looking forward to finish the tour of Australia on a high by beating them in the one-off Twenty20 International today, after losing the One-Day International (ODI) series in humiliating fashion, according to Cricket365.
The Windies are the current world Twenty20 champions, having beaten Sri Lanka in the final in September last year. Along the way they also defeated Australia, and Sammy hopes the one-off game today can make up for the 5-0 ODI series loss.
“We have to come and play like true champions,” said Sammy. “We want to showcase our skills and show the people of Australia what we have. We have not demonstrated that a lot on this tour so now we have to put it together.”
He further said that his team would like to return home with a win after the disappointing whitewash in the ODI format.
“We have an opportunity to finish the tour on a high. We did the job very well in Sri Lanka last year. The last time we played against Australia in this format we completely outplayed them so that is the kind of motivation we will carry into the match.”
The captain expressed his gratitude for the spectators’ support for his team throughout the ODIs .
“The people over here in Australia have been very supportive of us and we have not demonstrated our very best cricket for them to see, so we want to give them something special before we head back home.”
Meanwhile, Australia T20 captain George Bailey will lead an inexperienced side in today’s match as the ‘A’ team has left for its tour of India.
The leading wicket-takers of the inexperienced side are Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay and Adam Voges, who have two T20 international wickets each.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2013.