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February 2, 2013
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Windies skipper Sammy expects regional side to rebound for second ODI

Captain Darren Sammy - File

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has promised that the regional side will look to hit back hard after suffering an embarrassing defeat against Australia in the first encounter of their five-match one-day international series at the WACA Ground.

The Windies were bowled out for 70 on a lively pitch. Left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc took 5-20 to earn the Man of the Match award. Australia then raced to victory by 9 wickets, with Glenn Maxwell making an unbeaten half-century.

"Australia hit us hard so we know we have to hit back hard in the next game. This is not the first time they hit us hard in the first match, I remember back home last year we got rolled over in the first game of the ODI series, but we came back with a fight and levelled that series and the series went down to the wire," Sammy said.

"Also in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka we lost the first match to Australia, but we fought back and went on to win that tournament, so we know we have the ability to bounce back and that is what I will tell the boys."

Sammy promised that the team will have a thorough analysis of where they went wrong and look to get it right when the two sides clash again tonight in the second ODI, at the same venue.

Positives

"This is not the kind of start we had in mind. It's going to be hard to wipe what happened out of the memory, but we've had great games against them and we'll think about the positives. We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them. We see this as a one-off game and will back ourselves to come back strongly."

"Also in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka we lost the first match to Australia, but we fought back and went on to win that tournament, so we know we have the ability to bounce back and that is what I will tell the boys."

For the Windies, debutant Jason Holder took the only wicket to fall. The 6-foot-8-inch seamer was impressive in his 4.2 overs.

Sammy is a fan of Holder, who has demonstrated steady progress with both bat and ball since he enrolled in the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre in 2010. The 21-year-old, who has played for Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges in regional cricket, found the surface at the WACA to his liking and was able to extract bounce and movement.

"He's a good young man and a quick learner. He made the adjustment early on in his spell and looked good out there," Sammy said.

First ball in the second ODI will be at 10:20 p.m. (Jamaica time), 11:20 a.m. local time.

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