Sammy confident of Windies giving off their best against Sri Lanka

Colombo: West Indies captain Darren Sammy is confident that his team can put in a solid performance as they seek their maiden Test victory in Sri Lanka in the three-match series starting in Galle on Monday.

Sri Lankans start the Test series as favourites as they have recently clinched their maiden ODI series victory in Australia, while West Indies have lost five Tests and drawn one in the island country.

"We want to win, to play well and bring the passion and pride back to the West Indies. We are a little bit inexperienced, but we have put in a good preparation work ahead of our coming here," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Sammy, as saying.

"I am very confident of all the players I have here, likewise all the players are confident of giving off their best for the West Indies," he added.

On the other hand, Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said they were not taking the West Indies team lightly.

The hosts have an impressive record in Galle, having won nine of their 16 Tests at this venue. They have lost three matches and drawn four.

"We don`t take any team lightly. We want to win the Test series. We expect nothing, but the best from the West Indies and for us to match them," Sangakkara said.