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Gayle: Back us to win

Chris Gayle believes the West Indies have it in them to beat all-comers and win the ICC Champions Trophy for a second time.

The powerful left-handed opening batsman said winning the mini-World Cup won’t be an easy task, but added the players from the Caribbean were prepared to fight hard.

“We are switched on! We can win it! The last time, nine years ago, no one thought we would win it but we did. It was a great feeling and we would love to win it again for the people back home and those all over the world who support us. We have a good fan base here, a lot to play for, with a lot of West Indians living here who will come out and support us. We can use that victory (2004) and we can use the T20 victory last year as positives as we look ahead to this tournament,” Gayle said.

“We have a very good all-round team so I don’t see any reason why we can’t go all the way again. We have to stick together, and I think we are very good at that. We have (Dwayne) Bravo as a new captain and the support will still be there for him as captain similar to when (Darren) Sammy was captain for the World T20 last year.”

Gayle was speaking today as the West Indies had a full training session at the Swalec Stadium, where they have been in camp all week. They will play an official warm-up match against Australia tomorrow at the same venue. First ball in the day/night match is 1 pm (8 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time).

“Everybody is looking forward to great things and I’m looking to give the team what is required of me which is 100 per cent. We have to take it in stride and play it one game at a time. We want to entertain the fans but what is more important is what the team requires at that particular moment to win,” Gayle said.

“I set targets from a team perspective. I always try to give the team a good start – this is going to key for us in these conditions – as I am the experienced opener at the top of the order. I will try to bat as many overs as possible and be there for a long period. Once I’m there you know the runs will come, so the others can bat around me. When you look at our group it will be difficult but we have to start with confidence and look to move forward.” (windiescricket)

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