We believe we can win the series, says Sammy
Georgetown: West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his team has the ability to win the Test series against Pakistan and defend its proud home record of never losing against the Asian giants in the five-day format.
The first match of the two-Test series starts at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday.
"We believe we can win the series. We believe this because we have worked hard in the build-up to the series and we know we have the ability to perform on home turf and get the better of Pakistan," Sammy said.
"We saw an improved batting performance in the last two matches of the one-day series and everyone in the team is feeling confident and fully prepared."
Pakistan won the first three matches of the five-match ODI series, but West Indies came back to win a rain-marred fourth ODI and then sealed a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the final one-dayer.
Sammy said the team will look to carry the momentum they got by winning the last two one-dayers.
"We will take that momentum and belief into the Test matches. Test cricket is different and we know we have to make the adjustment. We have to be patient as we execute. It is about occupying the crease and putting good totals on the board. When we bowl. It is about being patient and trying to get the ball in the right areas and build the pressure on the Pakistanis."
"We hope all the hard work we have been doing in the nets and the two-day warm-up matches will help. The way our bowling has been coming along in the last six months in ODI tour of Sri Lanka - we know we are capable of getting 20 wickets," the skipper said.
About the pitch he said, "the pitch looks similar to the one we played on in the One Day match here and I have faith in our attack to deliver against Pakistan."
Pakistan have never won a Test series on six previous tours here.
A series win for the West Indies will help them earn valuable ranking points and move up one place in the ICC Test ladder to sixth spot.