Sammy banks on pitch to take on Indians in first Test

Kingston: West Indian skipper Darren Sammy believes his pace-heavy bowling attack would help his team come out triumphant against the Indians in the Test series.

"It`s been the pitch that suits our style... it`s not where the ball would spin past the bat... and better firepower (in the bowling) always has the best chance against the Indians," remarked an assured Sammy ahead of the first Test.

West Indies have four fast bowlers, including Sammy, at their command though the West Indian skipper wasn`t going to give his hands away if Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards would all play. All he would say is that the bouncy pitch should suit his team`s strengths.

"We expect our batsmen to be more confident. They would have much more time and patience is required.”

"When we chased down 250 here (in the last one-day international), we had a game plan. Unlike previous games, the ball wasn`t spinning past the bat. It suited our batsmen and I expect them to be confident. I think our batters prefer their chances against (Indian) bowlers. It is not to underestimate their bowling.”

"It was bouncing in the last one-day game and we managed to restrict them. In Test cricket you need to have lot of runs, wickets and patience. Hopefully we would do it and come out victorious".

But when it came to fielding, Sammy struck a cautionary note, mindful that his side has been dropping catches by dozens in Tests lately.

"In any cricket, there is a saying that catches win matches. We didn`t do well against Pakistan and as you would`ve noticed, there is a lot more stress on slip-catching, bat-pad catches and those sort of things and the guys looked good," he said.

PTI

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