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Windies looking to maintian edge

The West Indies go into Friday's Twenty20 match with a one-nil lead in the two match series, after beating South Africa by five wickets in the rain-affected match in Port Elizabeth last month.

"We'd like to take the momentum of that win and of our away series wins against England and Zimbabwe into the series against South Africa," West Indies coach John Dyson said on Thursday.

"We were disappointed that we didn't do better in the Test series (which the visitors lost two-one, after winning the first Test), but the Tests are behind us and we are now looking ahead. It's a matter of getting on with the job," he said.

"It's just a matter of adjusting to a Twenty20 match. There's a bit of a different approach to a T20 game, and we'll work on those adjustments in the net session."

Dyson said the West Indies players had shown enthusiasm and commitment throughout the tour so far, and would be no different in the limited overs series.

Having joined the team as coach at the start of the South African tour, Dyson said it had been important to establish a good working relationship with the players as quickly as possible.

"I think I've achieved that," he said. "The players work very hard in the nets and they have shown good commitment. They are capable of playing some very good cricket, and there are a lot of positives to take out of what I have seen so far.

"We've been working on our discipline so that we don't hand the opposition any free runs," he said.

"We have a good bowling attack and some very good batsmen. I think we have also shown during the Test series we can be a very good fielding side. We missed a few chances, but we took some very good chances and our ground fielding was very good.

"It will be interesting, in the limited overs form of the game, to see just where we are with our fielding. It's a different form of the game and you get highlighted very quickly if you're not fielding well. Then again, it's an opportunity for some of the guys to shine if they do field well."

Dyson indicated the charismatic and explosive West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, would probably not play on Friday night.

"We'll have a look tomorrow morning, but at the time he broke his left thumb, the doctors said he should not play until the 19th of January." However, he said Shivnerine Chanderpaul, who did not bat in the second innings of the final Test in Durban because of a viral infection, was "110 per cent fit" and would play on Friday.

source - news24.com
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