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Confident Sammy keeps the faith

January 15, 2015 16:43:27 UK

Darren Sammy says West Indies can shock South Africa in the upcoming one-day series and can defeat any opposition when they are on their A game.

Sammy, speaking after orchestrating the Windies’ 2-1 Twenty20 victory over their hosts, refused to comment on the controversial omissions of former 50-over captain Dwayne Bravo and key all-rounder Kieron Pollard from next month’s World Cup squad.

And he stressed that there is enough ability among the 15 that have been named to be successful over five games against AB De Villiers’ South Africans and the rest of the global opposition from 14th February onwards.

“We take the confidence that we can compete with them and we know in the dressing room that once we play to our full potential we can match any team in the world no matter who they are,” said Sammy.

“We take that belief into the one-day set-up, there is a new captain and it is important we rally around him.”

Sammy was referring to rookie leader Jason Holder, who succeeds Bravo. Chris Gayle has been publicly critical of the selectors axing the Trinidad pair but Sammy remains more diplomatic.

“It’s about supporting what’s there – we would have liked to have a lot of players in our one-day team but I am not in charge of who selects things,” he added.

“The focus is to compete and win games. Guys will bounce back, that’s just cricket. I won’t be drawn on what’s going on because that’s never been me.”

The two teams remain in Durban, where the South Africans claimed a consolation 20-over victory, for Friday’s opening contest – a day-nighter.

South Africa areĀ 5.00 to win the World Cup outright while West Indies can be backed at 13.00.

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