Perth: West Indies captain Darren Sammy is hoping to go one better than his team did against Australia at home last year by beating the hosts in the five-match ODI series starting on Friday at the WACA. The last time these two teams met in 50-over cricket the series ended 2-2 but now, on Australia's home soil, Sammy was targeting a rare piece of silverware.
"If we look at last year when Australia was in the Caribbean, it was a very keenly-contested series and one we thought we should have won," Sammy told ESPNcricinfo. "We see this as a continuation of that series and it's a great opportunity for us as a team to come here and be successful. We are a young, developing team and we are now showing signs that we can not only compete but win against other higher-ranked opposition."
West Indies have welcomed back Ramnaresh Sarwan after an 18-month gap due to problems between the player and the home board. According to Sammy, the return of the former West Indies captain as replacement for the injured Marlon Samuels was a big boost to the touring side.
"Sarsy is one of us. Yes, he has been out but we always have good camaraderie amongst our players/ He has fitted in quite nicely. He had a good knock in the practice game and I know he has his goals for this tournament," he said. "He's a class player. We expect him to come out and do well for us. Marlon is a big loss. Since he has been back, he has been very good for us and we will miss him. But I think Sarsy is equally capable of playing that role and stabilising the number three position."
West Indies play five matches in Australia, their first international assignment in more than six weeks. Their last ODI series was a 3-2 win over Bangladesh in December.