Sammy draws strength from 2007

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Darren Sammy has urged the West Indies to draw inspiration from their one-day series victory in England five years ago.

After crashing to a heavy defeat in the first match of the NatWest Series at the Ageas Bowl, the tourists are determined to get back on track at The Oval tomorrow.

They could be boosted by the return of hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle – who was ruled out of Saturday’s clash due to injury.

And Sammy believes that could be just the fillip the Windies need to embark on another series comeback – with just two games remaining.

He said: ‘Looking back to 2007, we came over and lost the first ODI at Lords very badly but we came back and won the series 2-1.

‘So it’s another opportunity for us to keep our hopes up and I’m quite confident we will come back.

‘We hope Chris (Gayle) will be fit for tomorrow and we are going to assess Darren Bravo’s injury as well – hopefully we will have everybody on deck for the second match.’

Sammy was blunt in his appraisal of Saturday’s 114-run defeat – as they failed miserably to chase a target of 287 for victory.

‘We just didn’t get the runs, I guess,’ he added.

‘We had a good start – Dwayne Smith and Denesh Ramdin gave us a solid platform – but we kind of lost our way. Smith played well at the top of the order.

‘He’s been batting really well in t20’s for us and played well in the IPL [Indian Premier League] – it’s good to see his form has continued.

‘We backed ourselves to chase down the runs but we didn’t have enough partnerships.

‘Ian Bell went on for them and got a big score but no one went on for us.

‘We thought the wicket might have done a little more to start off but it was a pretty good wicket and Bell played a very good innings.

‘Maybe looking back at it, we should have had another fast bowler in our line-up.’