Wednesday 7 November 2012 

'We Came On This Tour To Do One Thing - To Win'

'We Came On This Tour To Do One Thing - To Win'
'We Came On This Tour To Do One Thing - To Win'
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West Indies captain Darren Sammy has issued an unambiguous statement of intent ahead of the two-Test series in Bangladesh.

Speaking ahead of the team's first warm-up game, he told reporters that the ICC World Twenty20 champions were aiming to win in all three formats during the month-long tour.

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"International teams are always under pressure to perform," he said at a press conference in Dhaka. "We came on this tour to do one thing - to win - like we did last year - and to win in all three formats.

"We have improved as a side over the last few years and a number of players have come on board. We are a little bit more consistent and, in the last Test series we played against New Zealand, we won both Tests and performances came from different players."

Key to the West Indies' chance of success will be the mental approach they take into the two Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and single Twenty20. Sammy knows his team will have to back their abilities to come out on top.

"It is more of a belief factor. We have played some good series over the years where we were competing against high-ranked teams, now we believe we can be even more competitive and get results over higher-ranked teams. We have a team goal which we want to achieve, but this is going to be a step-by-step process.

"It’s important to come here and win every match and it’s a challenge we put on ourselves. Just like we forced ourselves to try and win the World T20, we achieved that and we are now looking forward to the next series which is against Bangladesh. We believe we can achieve our goals."

However, for all Sammy's confidence and self-belief, he is taking no chances and cannot be accused of complacency. Looking ahead to the challenge that Bangladesh will pose, he added:

"Bangladesh is a team we have never taken lightly, they are always difficult opposition at home, so we have a lot of respect and will do our best to win."

The scheduled three-day warm-up game against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI was scheduled to start tomorrow (8th November) but has been reduced to a two-day game starting on 9th November due to heavy rain.

The first Test begins in Mirpur on 13th November.

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