Gibson`s knowledge about English players helping a lot: Sammy

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 17:48 PM IST

Chennai: England face a must-win situation against the West Indies to stay afloat in the World Cup, and the Caribbean captain Darren Sammy said coach Ottis Gibson`s understanding of the English players will hold their side in good stead ahead of the clash.

Gibson has a fair bit of knowledge about the English cricketers having worked with the England national team as bowling coach for nearly two-and-a-half years before his current assignment.

And Sammy said ever since Gibson took over the charge as head coach of the West Indies team, there has been vast improvement in the side.

"Our head coach, Ottis Gibson has worked with the England team last year and his knowledge about them (English players) will be helpful to us," Sammy said during a pre-match conference ahead of their crucial Group B match against England.

"Gibson is a quite a simple guy. He has lot of information to share having worked with a successful England team. Ever since he came in, there has been improvement and we hope he takes West Indies cricket to another step forward. We are going to exploit England`s weaknesses and hope to win the game tomorrow," he said.

With only five points in their kitty from as many matches, England will have to win against the West Indies to stand any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals and Sammy said the pressure will be high on their opponents tomorrow.

"It is a big game for them (England) and a must-win one. We have won three games in a row and we have some momentum behind us. We are just looking to improve on that and come out victorious," the West Indies skipper insisted.

"For us, we need to go there and execute our plans."

Sammy was elated that his star batsman Chris Gayle is fit to play tomorrow`s match

"Our physio has said that Chris is fit and ready to go. It is good to have him back in the line-up. It is a boost for us as he is a key member of the team. His presence on the field will be a massive plus for us," he said.

Giving his opinion on the wicket for tomorrow`s match, Sammy said, "The wicket looks like a good one. There is no grass on it. It is a typical Indian wicket."

He also said that he wants to continue his winning run with the toss.

PTI