Champions Trophy 2013 Warm-up Australia vs West Indies Live Score
Australia vs West Indies Live Score ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Warm-up Match 01 June 2013
West Indies will test their preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy when they clash with Australia in their first official warm-up at the SWALEC Stadium here today.
The 2004 champions arrived here last Sunday and have been engaged in a camp in the Welsh capital ever since, putting the finishing touches on their preparation for the June 6-23 campaign.
This follows on from a five-day camp in Barbados last week.
Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle said yesterday he believed the Windies had the ability to spring a surprise in the tournament, similar to that of nine years ago.
West Indies are expected to have a sober test when they face the Australians, at whose hands they suffered a whitewash in a five-match series Down Under last January.
Much will be expected from Gayle who along with fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels will carry the burden of the West Indies batting.
Gayle, who had another bumper campaign in the Indian Premier League including memorable 175 for Royal Challengers, said even though there was pressure to perform, he was focusing solely on making sure the team achieved its goals. “There is definitely pressure. Even when I scored the 175, everyone was like looking forward to 200 – and that was in a T20 game. So the expectation there from the fans is actually huge,” he related.
“[However] I set targets from a team perspective. I try to give the team a good start and this is going to be key in these conditions, especially as an experienced opener. That’s key for us in the batting department to get that particular start, bat as many overs as possible, try and be there for long and once I am there I know runs will come.”
West Indies will do battle in Group B of the tournament alongside reigning World champions India, South Africa and Pakistan, in what is already being branded the ‘group of death’.