Narine still confident despite English travail
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Off-spinner Sunil Narine says his confidence has not been dented following a disappointing tour of England earlier this month.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) star entered the four-match limited overs series with a huge reputation but made little impact as West Indies failed to win a single match in a miserable outing.
"It's a matter of confidence and I'm feeling quite confident as we get ready for the weekend," said the 24-year-old
"I didn't do as well as I hoped in England, but there is still a lot left in me. I know the areas which I have to work on. Basically, it's just a matter of going back and looking at what I did well against Australia."
Narine finished with a single wicket in two expensive ten-over spells in the one-day series, reduced to two matches because of rain, and then went wicket-less in four overs in the one-off Twenty20 fixture last Sunday.
This was in contrast to his series against Australia in the Caribbean back in March when he grabbed 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.45 apiece.
He was one of the stars of the IPL, claiming 24 wickets and the Man-of-the-Series honour as he helped propel Kolkata Knight Riders to their maiden title.
With West Indies gearing up for two T20s against New Zealand here this weekend, Narine said he believed the Darren Sammy-led side possessed the ability to win the two-match series.
"There is a lot of hype around and it looks like this weekend will be 'big'. I'm just looking to enjoy the moment. As a team we are feeling quite relaxed and we are building towards the matches," Narine said
"We have some good players in our team who have done well in this format in various parts of the world and if we play up to our potential we can make it very difficult for New Zealand.
"We are keeping focussed on the job that's required. When Saturday comes we will be ready."
This weekend will be Narine's first time playing cricket in the United States.
The Windies arrived to warm summer weather in south Florida, a significant difference from the wet, chilly conditions they experienced in England.
Narine said there was a lot to "see and do", but the team remained focussed on the business ahead this weekend.
WEST INDIES–Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
NEW ZEALAND–Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, Ronnie Hira, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson
Digicel Twenty20 Series
Tomorrow: 1st Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park, United States – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 2nd Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park – 2 p.m.