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Windies hungry for glory

Some members of the West Indies team at training today in Cardiff. Tino Best is second left.

Some members of the West Indies team at training today in Cardiff. Tino Best is second left.

The West Indies team were the first of the eight nations contesting the ICC Champions Trophy to arrive in Cardiff, as preparations for the tournament heat up this week with the first warm-up game in the Welsh capital this Saturday against Australia.

The West Indies team will hold a training session at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Australians were the second to arrive in Wales and will train at the home of Glamorgan on Wednesday morning.

Ahead of the warm up clash in Cardiff West Indies fast bowler Tino Best said he was confident his side could repeat their showing in Sri Lanka last October when they won the ICC World T20 Championship.”I have been playing some decent One-Day cricket,” said Best.

“I had a decent tour of Australia and I did pretty well against the Zimbabweans when we returned from Australia.

“I’m very happy and excited to be part of the Champions Trophy.

“I believe our chances are as good as any other team in the competition.

“We have some amazing talent in our dressing room. It is really exciting to play alongside such a talented group of players and I’m relishing the opportunity to do well for the people of the region.

“I want to hit the tournament at 100 per cent and bowling rapid (pace).”Best said he was eagerly looking forward to playing in the United Kingdom where he did well last year. During the Test series against England he made a world-record 95 batting at number 11.

“Last summer was amazing,” added Best.

“To come back into the Test team and do so well felt really good and gave me the confidence to kick on and do even better.

“Once we play as unit as we did in Sri Lanka, I think we will do very well again.”

The ICC Champions Trophy will feature eight teams: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The tournament will be played across three venues with the opening game of the tournament proper at the sold out Cardiff Wales Stadium on 6 June.

The Windies have been drawn in Group B alongside India and South Africa who play the opening match – and Pakistan – the winner of the pool will play the runner up of England’s group in Cardiff on June 20.


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