On the day the celluloid celebration of their past glories – Fire in Babylon – was released to the Indian audience, the West Indies got down to the final preparations for their tournament opener against Australia.For long, the merry men from the Caribbean have started out tournaments with low expectations, and only once – at the Champions Trophy in 2004 – did they defy those expectations to win the tournament.This time around, though, their full-strength team is a scary prospect, and that was reflected in captain Darren Sammy’s confident pre-match press conference on Friday.”It’s always good to have guys who dominate in this format. Everybody in the team is looking towards one common goal – and that is to win the title. In order to do that, it won’t take one person, it will take an entire team to go out there and put in all the ingredients to win,” the all-rounder said.”Everybody attacks in our side. Some guys are classy like Darren (Bravo), but still they try to find boundaries with ease. We have Dwayne (Bravo), Chris (Gayle), Kieron Pollard and Andre (Russell) –these guys attack.”West Indies captain Darren SammyWhile all the other teams in the tournament have got relatively easy opening games so far – Sri Lanka and South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Australia vs Ireland, India and England vs Afghanistan and New Zealand against Bangladesh — the Windies have to hit their straps straightaway against their old rivals from Down Under. But Sammy says that’s no problem.advertisement”To us, every game in this tournament is a tough game. We have prepared for this tournament, we just had our last practice session and everybody is ready. Saturday is the game against Australia and all our attention and focus will be to get over this game. We have all prepared well and are ready to take on Australia,” he said.Sammy believes the Caribbean people have started putting their faith in the team again, and that bodes well.”The good thing is that the fans are rallying behind us. When we left home we felt the love of the Caribbean people and the belief that we can do well,” the skipper said. “Our strongest asset for us is the belief that we have in our dressing room. All 15 guys and the management and the support staff believe we can do well.”Aussie skipper George Bailey also heaped praise on the West Indies but added that it was his team’s job was to put them under pressure from the word go.”West Indies at their best are very dangerous. They have their strengths and weaknesses and it will be about putting them under a bit of pressure. It is also about us playing the best cricket that we can do,” he said. “We have some pretty good players in our team too. We certainly will be challenging them.”– Australia vs West Indies, Live from Colombo, on STAR Cricket from 7:30 pm
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