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Windies believe they can beat Australia

24/01/2005 06:41:14 PM Comments (0)

The West Indies believe they have punctured Australia's air of invincibility.

Buoyed by their performance in Friday's washout against Australia in Brisbane, the West Indies genuinely believe they can ruin the host country's celebrations in their tri-series day-night cricket clash on Australia Day in Adelaide on Wednesday.

The West Indies had Australia reeling at 5-43 chasing a revised target of 195 from 28 overs at the Gabba before a storm intervened and saved the hosts from their first defeat in the tri-series.

While the Windies remain win-less in the series also involving Pakistan, Friday's performance has given them renewed confidence.

"They were beatable even before we played on Friday," batsman Wavell Hinds said.

"But the fact that we had them 5-43 ... that has brought a lot of confidence.

"The camaraderie and the team spirit is very good and high."

Hinds - who scored a century at the Brisbane tri-series fixture - said the West Indies' goal of toppling Australia relied heavily on their batting, hinting that the tourists wanted to bat first in Wednesday's sold-out day-night match.

"As batters, we are trying to put our heads together and calculate a formidable total batting first," he said.

"We are looking to organise ourselves and make sure that we hit our targets during the innings.

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