Sammy - One day we'll be good
West Indies captain upbeat ahead of limited-overs series
Last Updated: 15/06/12 4:51pm
Skipper Darren Sammy is confident his team will beat England in their three-match one-day international series.
The Windies battled hard but were ultimately outclassed as they lost the recently-concluded Test series 2-0.
But with hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle returning to their limited-overs set-up for the opening game at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sammy believes his side have the firepower to overcome England.
"I'm excited for the prospects of our team. If we play to our full potential we will surely win this series," he said on Sky Sports News HD.
"We competed throughout Test series, but we know we are stronger in the one-day series.
"The days we are looking to just compete are gone in one-day cricket, we want to win.
"We are very confident, we said before the tour started we were looking to win it."
England's batting has been weakened by the retirement of Kevin Pietersen from the limited-overs formats.
His replacement at the top of the order Ian Bell is a doubt for Saturday after taking a blow to the chin in training today.
Sammy, however, is unconcerned by England's worries, saying: "To be honest I'm more worried about the excitement in our team.
"I can't wait for tomorrow whichever XI plays."
"The days we are looking to just compete are gone in one-day cricket, we want to win."
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The all-rounder also welcomed the return of Gayle for the first time since last year's World Cup, revealing he had fitted straight back into the team despite a more stringent training regime.
"He's been himself. He's always been his jovial self in the dressing room," he said.
"He's back better than ever. We welcome him back. We have a new style of training and he's taken on board everything for West Indies cricket.
"Chris is a guy we've all got to manage. The physio is looking after him well.
"He's settled in nicely."