Kieron Pollard scored 26 against Australia, yesterday, and returned with the ball to take three for 30--the best figures of his Twenty20 International career. The fine allround performance helped West Indies to a 27-run victory over the Aussies in their one-off T20I and earned the T&T player the Man-of-the-Match award.
"We knew we had to come here and try to salvage something from the tour so the commitment was always there and the fight was there as well. We played as a team and came away with an excellent result," said the 25-year-old Pollard.
"We went about doing what we needed to do. It is the shortest format of the game so you always expect it to be exciting, and we brought that excitement and entertainment with us tonight and put on a display for the crowd who came out to watch us."
Pollard was one of the leading players in the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka last year. In recent matches he has hit top form, with an unbeaten century in the fourth ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground followed by 45 in the fifth ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He said yesterday's performance was needed after they endured a tough series in the 50-over format.
"It was good to get a win in the version of the game where we are the champions of the world. We lost the One-Dayers but everyone was still upbeat. We didn't let the defeats get us down too much...we just knew we had to rebound and look to be dominant in tonight's game. It was a matter of keeping our heads up and going out and 'representing' for West Indies
cricket," Pollard said.
"This match was good for me as I was able to do the job with bat and ball. No matter what job I'm called on to perform for the team I'm always up for it. I was pleased with my bowling. I have not been doing a lot of bowling recently, so I just tried to show what I can do...just do what the team needed at that particular point in time."
The West Indies cricketers will leave Australia today, and are due to arrive in the Caribbean tomorrow afternoon.