Sammy confident of Windies chances

25 September 2012 22:43:59 GMTPlus11

West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his side are full of confidence as they begin the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 - despite not winning a match thus far.

This is the business end of the tournament and we mean business.

Darren Sammy

The West Indians showered the stands with 10 sixes against Australia, but lost in a rain-shortened match and then suffered at the hands of the wet weather once more when the contest against Ireland was abandoned halfway through.

So their tournament will begin in earnest on Thursday when they open the latter stages by going head-to-head with holders England, with the West IndiesĀ 2.10 to win the tournament, while England areĀ 1213.00 to retain their crown.

"We just believe we can go out there and win. Yes, I am aware of what happened back in the World Cup in the Caribbean, when England qualified without a win and won the tournament," Sammy said.

"The most important thing is our belief and we just have to do well in the Super Eights.

"Obviously, England are the defending champions and we don't want to under-estimate anybody. We just need to go out there and bowl properly and execute our plans.

"We are here and we have strong belief in ourselves and in the team. The first goal was to reach the Super Eights and we have achieved that.

"Now we need to start off very well against England. This is the business end of the tournament and we mean business. We have not played a lot, we have not played a full match, so we have a lot left in us."

All three of West Indies Super Eight fixtures - they also face hosts Sri Lanka and tournament outsiders New Zealand - will be held in seamer-friendly Pallekelle.

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