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“We’ll have to come back and do a lot of things better because we expect England can come back stronger”
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has announced that he is eager for the national team to wrap up the ongoing ODI series against England on Sunday, which is when the second ODI will be held in Antigua.
Sammy smashed 61 runs off 36 balls during the first ODI as he and captain Dwayne Bravo, who hammered an unbeaten 87, helped the West Indies defeat England by 15 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
“Probably they would look at how they bowled at the back-end of the innings, and they would say they didn’t execute their plans,” Sammy said. “I think they were conscious of us hitting the ball towards the wind. They tried to bowl wide, but that didn’t go too well for them.
“I don’t mind them not bowling well in the last 10 overs. It’s all good for us.
“It becomes discouraging when it’s you on the losing end… and we’ve had our fair share (of that).
“We don’t pay attention to what happens around another team’s dressing room.
“What we do pay attention to is the confidence and morale of how the team might be, and how we could capitalise on that.
“The belief we had that they’re not at their strongest, knowing they’ve lost so many games, we were quite determined to go out there and prove we could beat them.”
Sammy added that he and the rest of the team are currently focused on winning the ODI series and upcoming Twenty20 series against England before they start directing their attention towards defending their World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh next month.
“As for now, we have two more ODIs to go,” Sammy said. “Tomorrow is a big day for us, if we can clinch the series then it’s not going to be easy [for England].
“We’ll have to come back and do a lot of things better because we expect England can come back stronger.”