<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="West Indies will play hard and competitive cricket against Australia, says Darren Sammy" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130128171741.jpg" title="West Indies will play hard and competitive cricket against Australia, says Darren Sammy" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Darren Sammy believes you can never cout Australia out © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Canberra: Jan 28, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Captain <a href="/tags/Darren-Sammy/post" target="_blank">Darren Sammy</a> says he expects the <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> and Australia to pick up from where they left off in the Caribbean last year, when they played to a thrilling 2-2 tie in a similar five-match One-Day series.<br /> <br /> "It will be competitive out here, that's for sure. I see it as a continuation of what happened in the Caribbean - over there in the limited over format it was a 2-2 draw," he said on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "We've got five ODIs here so we want to play hard and competitive cricket. It's always a challenge to play Australia anywhere in the world, but even more so in their own backyard."<br /> <br /> "We believe we can come here and if we can execute our plans and play to our strengths, we can be successful."<br /> <br /> Last March, the West Indies roared back from a heavy loss in the first game of the tripleheader in Kingstown, to win the second encounter before playing to a spectacular tie in the third match.<br /> <br /> The hosts won the fourth contest in St. Lucia to take a 2-1 lead in the series but then squandered a chance of a rare series win over <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> by losing the final game.<br /> <br /> Australia showed signs of weakness in their recent ODI series against Sri Lanka when they fell behind 1-2 in the five-match series before coming back to earn a 2-2 verdict.<br /> <br /> Sammy said, however, he would be taking no comfort from that below par performance, as the Aussies had proven themselves to be tough opponents over the years.<br /> <br /> "We have a lot of respect for Australia, you can never count Australia out. They're professionals and know how to dig themselves out of a hole," he warned.<br /> <br /> "We won't watch the results of the <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> series, but we'll look at some areas to implement in our game. I expect it to be a hard-fought battle and we're looking to play it very hard."<br /> <br /> The West Indies face a<a href="/tags/Ricky-Ponting/post" target="_blank"> Ricky Ponting</a>-led Prime Minister's XI Tuesday in the only warm-up fixture before the series bowls off in Perth Friday.<br /> <br /> Sammy said the West Indies would be taking the game seriously as it would be the perfect opportunity to set the right tone for the series.<br /> <br /> "As an individual and as a team we have just got to get the basics right and execute if you want to win," he pointed out.<br /> <br /> "This is the only practice match we have before we start against Australia in Perth later this week, so this is a chance to hit the ground running. The guys have been playing a lot of cricket back home and hopefully we can get this series off to a great start here."