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Samuels gears up for World T20 challenge

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Sep 15, 2012 at 03:00pm IST

Colombo: In-form top order batsman Marlon Samuels says he believes he will have a key role to play in the West Indies team for the ICC World T20 starting in Sri Lanka next week.

The top-order batsman, who also bowls off-spin, is expected to be called upon with both bat and ball as the Windies, touted as one of the favourites, look to win the title for the first time.

"My role will be in every department - batting, bowling and fielding," Samuels was quoted as saying by CMC Friday.

Samuels gears up for World T20 challenge

The West Indies allrounder says he understands that the team's hopes very much hinge on his performance.

"I'm in good form with the bat. I did well in England and continued on against New Zealand. I have also been working hard in the nets and I feel ready."

Samuel enters the tournament with superb batting form following some brilliant performances this year.

He made a career-defining 117 in the second Test against England at Nottingham and followed it up with a career-best 123 against New Zealand in the victory at Sabina Park.

"I'm always confident. I got some big scores in recent times and that also helped to boost my confidence a bit more. I feel I am on top of my game," Samuels said.

"I've been getting in the yorkers and I approach my bowling the same way as I have always done. I'm just trying to get the balls in the block hole and bowl as many dot balls as possible."

West Indies will play Afghanistan Monday in their second warm-up match following their nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka Thursday.

With over a decade's experience in international cricket, Samuels, 31, says he is looking forward to the 12-team tournament from Sep 18 to Oct 7.

"The pitches here are not much different from those in the Caribbean ... slow, so you just have to wait on the ball and play it a bit later," Samuel said.

The West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Australia and Ireland and both first round matches will be at the Premadasa Stadium here.

Their opening match will be against the Aussies Saturday, Sep 22 followed by a clash with the Irish Monday, Sep 24.

"I'm sure once we execute our plans we will be okay, but we are not taking anybody for granted. We will be playing Ireland the same way we are going to play Australia," he added.

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