West Indies skipper sees spinners as key

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Colombo, Feb 17 (AFP) West Indian captain Darren Sammybelieves spinners will be crucial on the turning wickets atthe World Cup, tipping his own slow bowlers to have a majorimpact.

The West Indies have left-armer Sulieman Benn, right-armoff-break bowler Chris Gayle and left-armer Nikita Miller intheir squad for the tournament in India, Bangladesh and SriLanka.

"Spin will be effective during the tournament," saidSammy, citing the examples of the warm-up matches leading upto the main tournament.

"If you had a close look at the warm-up matches you wouldsee the ball was turning and the slow bowlers all did a goodjob. We have two specialist spinners in Benn and Miller andthey are bowling really well at the moment for us, so weexpect them to play a major part," he added.

Benn was among the wickets in the West Indies'' defeat intheir warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Sammybacked him to shine.

"Benn bowled well against the Sri Lankans and is anasset. He has been taking wickets and that is always a goodsign for your spinner. Miller was outstanding when he got theopportunity against the Kenyans.

"Miller is also one of our better fielders and offers alot to the team. Gayle has done a good job in all forms of thegame for us as well and we can call on him to deliver with hisoff-breaks in this tournament as well."

Sammy said the warm-up matches had been useful for histeam, traditionally known for their pace attack.

The West Indies open their World Cup campaign with atough match against South Africa in Delhi on February 24.

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has alsounderlined the importance of slow bowlers.

"India have quality spinners and that''s why they won boththeir warm-up matches and teams with quality spinners willdefinitely have the edge on other teams and in this departmentAustralia will struggle," Saqlain told AFP. AFP SSC

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