At Hobart, it’s hoped there’s a fresh start for Windies in the T20’s Series
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date: Sunday February 21
First ball: 6:25 pm on (3:25 am Eastern Caribbean Time/2:25 am Jamaica Time)
West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard and his team-mates are looking forward to the two-match. It is a chance to make amends for the below-par displays in the One-Day Series, which ended on Friday night.
Pollard has promised the upcoming matches will be fast-paced and full of action. All the tickets have been sold for the opening match on Sunday night and fans can expect the Windies to bring their “A” game to the party. The second match is at the SCG in Sydney on Tuesday night.
“We have two matches to go before we return home and we want to make them count. We were not very good in the One-Day Series and we want to make sure that we put on good performances in the T20 Series. The ODIs have come and gone. We need to just come out and perform – give ourselves and our fans something to cheer about and get on the right page again,” Pollard said.
In the ODIs, Pollard was the leading player on the Windies side. He made the most runs with his powerful batting, was the second highest wicket-taker with his clever medium-pace, and was outstanding in the outfield.
He added that he would be willing to bat anywhere in the order, even at the top with skipper Chris Gayle, if the team required. The other main allrounders in the team – Darren Sammy and Dwayne Smith – have also come alive with the bat showcasing their power-hitting in recent matches.
“Anything is possible … I got the chance to bat at Number 4 in the last ODI at the MCG and I really enjoyed it. It’s just 20 overs we’re playing, so according to the situation you could get people moving up and down the order. It’s an exciting form of the game … everything is fast-paced and you have to be thinking and acting quickly. We are all looking ahead to the two matches coming up.”
The Windies and the Aussies have met twice in T20 Internationals with the boys from the Caribbean winning both matches.
“We are a pretty confident bunch. When you look at it, it has been evolving so fast and the West Indians, we have been performing pretty well in the Twenty20 competition. Having the edge, that little psychological advantage against them could really play in our favour.”
West Indies ( ): Chris Gayle (captain), Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Runako Morton, Brendan Nash, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Gavin Tonge.
Australia (from): Michael Clarke (captain), Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.