West Indian coach David Williams believes his side can bounce back to their ICC Champions Trophy defeat at the hands of Pakistan on Wednesday and hopes they can improve their performance as the tournament progresses.
The West Indies went down by five wickets when they met Pakistan and ahead of challenging matches against Australia and India, in an interview posted on the West Indies Cricket Board homepage (www.windiescricket.com), Williams said:
“On Wednesday night we did not play well in the first half of the game but we got our thoughts together at the break and we decided we had to hit back at the Pakistanis. We bowled really well and fielded brilliantly to make a game of it in the end. What that performance demonstrated, was, that we have the ability to deliver at this level and we will be going into the game against with Australia with confidence.
“It was encouraging performance in the end. There is some momentum in the team and the players are up for the Australia match. This is a young team and they are all very excited to have the opportunity to perform at the international level. It’s all about believing in themselves and having the application and determination to combat what is thrown at them.”
The West Indies team bears little relation to either the team that reached the Champions Trophy final in 2006 or even the one that reached the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final earlier this year after a contract crisis resulted in them naming an under-strength squad.
Their match against Australia takes place at The Wanderers on Saturday 26th September.
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