Sammy: Our batters can dominate Swann in big match

Updated: 16 March 2011 15:56 IST

With Chris Gayle back from injury and Kieron Pollard in good form, Darren Sammy is confident his West Indies squad contains the batsmen to dominate England spinner Graeme Swann in their crucial World Cup Group B matchup.

Sammy: Our batters can dominate Swann in big match
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Chennai:

With Chris Gayle back from injury and Kieron Pollard in good form, Darren Sammy is confident his West Indies squad contains the batsmen to dominate England spinner Graeme Swann in their crucial World Cup Group B matchup.

Swann is expected to recover from a stomach upset to form a key part of England's bowling attack at the spin-friendly MA Chidambaram Stadium, where the English need to win Thursday's big match to avoid a first-round exit.

But Sammy said his team was aiming to get the upper hand over the offspinner as the West Indies bids to seal its place in the quarterfinals.

"Swann has been a very good bowler and has done very well in the past two years," Sammy said. "We will play him according to the situation. (But) We have batsmen who are capable of dominating him."

Attacking opener Gayle is expected to be fit, according to Sammy, after the left-hander missed last week's victory over Ireland with an abdominal strain.

"The physio has said he is OK and having Chris back will be a massive boost for us. He is a key member of the team," Sammy said.

Sammy also backed big-hitting allrounder Pollard to continue his strong form in West Indies' middle-order, where he has hit two quickfire half-centuries in his last two innings - and is a player capable of dominating any bowling attack on his day.

"Yeah, he (Pollard) has been pushed up in Dwayne Bravo's absence and has been in good form," Sammy said. "It is all about finding the right place for him to bat in the 11.

"He has taken responsibility and it has paid off. We expect him to continue in the same vein."

Sammy suggested all the pressure would be on England on Thursday, noting it was a big game and a must-win match for them, and said the knowledge of former England bowling coach and now West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson would give the West Indians "some key information."

Where Sammy has been disappointed, however, is with the toss - the skipper has lost all four here so far.

Calling correctly at Chennai could be crucial, with the pitch expected to deteriorate rapidly and make it tough for the team batting second.

"I would like to win the toss and be in a position to decide what the team must do," he said.

Topics : Cricket ICC World Cup, 2011 England Graeme Swann Darren Sammy Chris Gayle Andrew Strauss
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