Friday 4 May 2012 

Confident Sammy Undaunted By England Challenge

Confident Sammy Undaunted By England Challenge
Confident Sammy Undaunted By England Challenge
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West Indies captain Darren Sammy says that his side are 'undaunted' by the prospect of taking on England in a three-match Test that gets underway on 17th May.

Prior to that they take on Sussex, who include England internationals Matthew Prior and Monty Panesar in their 12-man squad, and the England Lions.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at Hove, Sammy outlined his thoughts ahead of the series.

"I think we are coming from a tough series [against Australia] in the Caribbean. We have played some good cricket in the year-and-a-half, and we are quite confident we can come to England and play well, so everyone is looking forward to May 17, when the real thing starts.

"It’s never [an easy thing] to play England on home soil. They are quite a strong team when they play in their own backyard. What I can tell you about our side is that we will come and play with a never-say-die attitude."

Head coach Ottis Gibson spent time working under Andy Flower as England's bowling coach and Sammy feels his presence can only be a boost to the tourists.

"[England] are No.1 and whatever weaknesses they may have, obviously they will try to strengthen it," he said. "But we will focus on what we can do.

"We have a good coach and he has a lot of experience in England, so I know he will make sure the information in the dressing room is clear and we will try to execute our plans.

"It is good having him in the dressing room and the guys are slowly, but surely buying into what he is trying to instill in this team.

"We have been taking 20 wickets over the last year-and-a-half, and I must give the coach credit for this. All of the bowlers have commended him for the work he has done with them.

"We are a much improved bowling unit and the conditions in England aid fast and swing bowling, so I am quite confident our guys can put the English batsmen under pressure."

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Kirk Edwards (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford

Sussex squad: Amjad Khan, Will Beer, Ben Brown, Joe Gatting, Naveed Arif, Chris Liddle, Michael Machan, Chris Nash (captain), Monty Panesar, Matthew Prior, Kirk Wernars, Luke Wells

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