West Indies captain Darren Sammy has warned Australia to expect more of his side’s fighting spirit when the three-Test series kicks in Barbados on Saturday.
He was speaking after West Indies produced another sensational effort to beat the Aussies by 14 runs and tie the two-match Twenty20 series 1-1.
The performance was the latest show of resilience, a quality that came to the fore when they fought back during the preceding five-match one-day series to earn a 2-2 tie.
“Two and two, one and one. I think one-all in the Test series would be a perfect result for the home series,” Sammy quipped. “We now have the belief in the team that we can compete and win against top-ranked teams.
“We are going to carry that same mentality towards the Tests. That is what we have got to keep telling the boys, once we believe, we can achieve. We are going to play fearless cricket when we are at home.”
West Indies bowled off the one-day series badly, slumping to a disappointing 64-run loss in the first match of the triple-header in St. Vincent.
They stormed back to win the second match by five wickets, carved out a dramatic tie in the third when they appeared dead to rights, before winning the fourth match by 42 runs.
Then West Indies lost back-to-back matches – the fifth ODI by 30 runs and the first T20 by eight wickets – but Friday’s outing again displayed their tenacity.
Sammy said: “From the start of the series, we all know how the Australians play and we decided from the time we went to India (last year) we were going to play fearless cricket and that is the same thing we did in this competition.
“We are going to stand up to them if they stand up to us. It was very good to see our boys showing fight and heart out there.”