Wednesday 16 January 2013 

Sarwan Happy To Be Back In West Indies Squad

Sarwan Happy To Be Back In West Indies Squad
Sarwan Happy To Be Back In West Indies Squad
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Ramnaresh Sarwan last pulled on the maroon colours of the West Indies against India in June 2011. Now, some 18 months later, he has been recalled ahead of the tour of Australia.

Putting behind him the loss of his central contract and the loss of form that lost him his place, the former captain returns with an excellent season for Leicestershire in 2012 behind him, and he is delighted to have been given another chance.

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"I'm happy to be back in the team," he said. "Obviously I’ve been out for a while, but it feels really good to be back representing the West Indies. I am really looking forward to this tour and I’m confident things will go well for us in Australia,"

Bidding to add to his 173 ODI appearances, in which he has scored 5,644 runs including four centuries, he is confident that the team - approaching full strength with the return of Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle back in the side - will perform well in Australia, despite not having beaten their hosts away from home since 1997.

"As a team we like the ball when it comes onto the bat so we should enjoy the conditions in Australia," Sarwan said. "I have played there a few times and we have other experienced members of the team who have played there as well. The team has been playing some good cricket recently so I will just fit in.

Among the 15-man squad, only Gayle, with 239 ODIs behind him, has more experience than Sarwan, and the Guyanese will be looking to call on all of that to make an impact.

"I am an experienced player at the international level and will look to play my part and make a contribution in anyway I’m called upon," he said.

"I am hitting the ball pretty well. It’s a matter of me trying to get myself in and settle down and look to get big scores for the team. I want to get scores and help the team to win matches."

 © Cricket World 2013

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