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Aussies aim to build on success against Windies

Australia captain Shane Watson says his side will be looking to build on the momentum they gained from success on home soil when they face the West Indies.

The Australian one-day and Twenty20 squads arrived on Saturday ahead of the series, which includes five one-day internationals, two Twenty20 matches, and three Tests.

“Hopefully, we can produce some very good cricket for the fans over here,” said Watson.

“We have just come off a very big series in Australia and hopefully we can continue the form that we showed and bring it in the games against West Indies.”

The Australians arrived in the Caribbean without regular captain Michael Clarke, who has suffered a hamstring injury. Watson expects his side to overcome the setback. “We are always confident,” he said. “We know that if we are at the top of our game, we are going to be very hard to beat.

“Right now, the most important thing is to make sure we have recovered from our long flight and make the best of the next couple of days to make sure we are ready to go for the first match.”

Watson encouraged local fans to attend the matches and support the faltering West Indies team.

“We have some really talented players and we expect that this series will be a spectacle, so people should come out to see it,” he said.

“There is always an amazing following of the game in the West Indies and very passionate crowds always come out to the matches, so hopefully we can help to provide some entertainment that will allow the spectators to enjoy their days at the matches.”

The ODI schedule

March 16: 1st ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent

March 18: 2nd ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent

March 20: 3rd ODI at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent

March 23: 4th ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

March 25: 5th ODI at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

AFP

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