Buoyant Australia ready to take on West Indies

Shane Watson will lead the Australian side in the opening phase of the Caribbean tour in Michael Clarke’s absence Getty Images

Kingstown (St. Vincent): Mar 11, 2012

The Australian cricketers have arrived bubbling with confidence and champing at the bit to face the West Indies in the five-match One-Day International series beginning Friday.

Interim captain Shane Watson said Australia’s lifting of the Tri-Series title against Sri Lanka earlier in the week had given the side a huge surge.

“Hopefully, we can produce some very good cricket for the fans over here. We have just come off a very big series in Australia, and hopefully, we can continue the form that we showed and bring it in the games against West Indies, “Watson said Saturday.

“We are always confident. We know that if we are at the top of our game, we are going to be very hard to beat.

“Right now, the most important thing is to make sure we have recovered from our long flight and make the best of the next couple of days to make sure we are ready to go for the first match.”

Australia are without their skipper Michael Clarke who injured a hamstring in the second final of the Tri-Series and has stayed behind to recuperate. He is expected to fly out for the Test series.

Exciting fast bowler James Pattinson is also an injury worry but Watson said Australia had the players to accomplish the mission before them.

“We have some really talented players and we expect that this series will be a spectacle, so people should come out to see it,” the all-rounder said.

“There is always an amazing following of the game in the West Indies and very passionate crowds always come out to the matches, so hopefully we can help to provide some entertainment that will allow the spectators to enjoy their days at the matches.”

The Arnos Vale Complex here will host the first three one-dayers, before the tour moves onto St. Lucia for a double-header March 23 and 25. (IANS)