West Indies spinner and the No.1 ranked Twenty20 bowler Samuel Badree said he is focussed ready for the two-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand, starting tomorrow in Dominica, despite not playing any competitive games over the past few weeks.
Badree returns to the West Indies team along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy, who will captain the side.
“Always mentally ready for any challenge,” said Badree. ‘’Physically, some might say I’m a bit short on practice, given the weather conditions and the fact there’s no cricket on in Trinidad and Tobago, but that’s no excuse. I’ve been working in the nets and so on so like I said looking forward to two games against New Zealand,”
Looking at the opposition, Badree said he will have to work out his game plan for the New Zealand batsman but having played alongside Brendon McCullum for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, he is confident he will be ready for the challenge as the Windies try to put the 2-1 Test series defeat behind them and try to end the tour on a high.
“Obviously Brendon McCullum is one of their key performers in this version,” added Badree. “I’ve been with him in the IPL at Chennai and I know him quite well. Kane Williamson seems to be in good form, I don’t know who the other opener will be. I don’t think they’ve brought specialist openers for these two games. So I’ll work with the analyst before the game and come up with my game plan,” the spinner added.