Sammy expects Narine to play big role against England

The Irish were cruelly denied a chance to win through to face England at Pallekele on Thursday, as rain wiped out West Indies’ chase of 129 for six.

The Windies therefore qualify for the second stage, in second place behind Australia.

Sunil Narine (left) celebrates with teammates the wicket of Ireland’s Ed Joyce at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday. Pic/AFP

West Indies captain Darren Sammy is confident they can despatch England although he played down their chances of winning the tournament.

Sammy told Sky Sports 1: “This is the Super Eight and they are very important games but we do fancy our chances (against England). “A strong point for us is the belief we have in the dressing room that once we play to our full potential the quality we have we could go all the way. But we have got to take it one game at a time. “We did what we had to today (Monday) to get through to the next stage and we’ve got to focus again and hope to come through the Super Eights into the semi-finals.”

Pointing to the team’s bowling strength, Sammy singled out Sunil Narine and believes he could be pivotal against England.

He said: “I think that will be the first time England will be playing him when the wicket offers him some assistance.

“The last time we played in England the wickets were not friendly to Narine so we know any turn or any wicket that offers some assistance he can be a handful so we’ll look and see what happens,” he said.

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