St. Vincent, Mar 15: West Indies skipper Darren Sammy hopes to pit an end to the prolonged losing streak against Australia when the two clash at Arnos Vale on Friday, Mar 16. Playing at Arnos Vale can lift the team's morale as the Windies have won 17 of 20 ODIs and Sammy hopes the result is positive.
"So far, St. Vincent has been a very good ground for us. As a West Indies team, we always get results in our favour here," Sammy said. "For me personally, it's a happy hunting ground. The last three games here, we won all three."
But West Indies have a tough task ahead against an in-form Australian side. The Windies side have not won a single match in 2006. Losing 13 of 14, with one no-result.
"We're playing Australia but we're not going to play names, we're just going to go out there and play good positive cricket and hopefully we could come out on top," Sammy said. "We've got to believe we have it. We have some exciting players and we have depth in both batting and bowling, so we just have to go out there and execute properly."
Sammy put his faith on two all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard for his side's chances against the Aussies. While Bravo is returning to the side after suffering injuries in June to "refocus and reflect", whereas Pollard hit his maiden ODI century against Chennai last December.
Darren Bravo will be the new vice captain replacing Dinesh Ramdin. Bravo believes in putting all his efforts and commitment towards his team, being one of the seniors in the team, he wants his presence make an impact.
"We have a very young team and, as one of the senior players, I have to step in and make my presence felt," the 28-year-old Bravo said. "The fire is still blazing in me. I will be bringing the same level of enthusiasm and commitment that I always had. That is the only way I know how to play, by giving my all to the team."
The two teams will play the first of five one-day internationals on Friday, followed by two Twenty20 internationals and three Tests matches.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Carlton Baugh, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels. Head coach: Ottis Gibson.
Australia: Shane Watson (captain), David Warner (vice captain), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade. Head coach: Mickey Arthur.