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Doherty learning quickly

March 18, 2012 15:24:46 UK

Australian spinner Xavier Doherty says his team have learned a lot about the West Indies team in Friday's first meeting.

The hosts' line-up included several new players about whom the Aussie players didn't know much. But the visitors still managed to take the game by 64 runs and that victory ensured they started their West Indian tour with a win.

We knew it was important to hit the ground running.

Xavier Doherty

Like the first match, the subsequent two clashes between the two sides will also take place at Kingston's Arnos Vale Ground and therefore, Doherty claims that it was vital to learn and adjust to the environment quickly.

When asked to comment on their winning start to the tour, Doherty replied: "It was very important. When you come to a foreign country, you want to make a statement early. We spoke about that.

"Not knowing ... about the conditions or their team, we knew it was important to hit the ground running and use yesterday ... to pick up as much as we can, but also get the result. Pretty pleasing to kick start the tour in that way."

He was the star of the show on Friday, with bowling figures of 4-49 even though the start to his bowling spell wasn't all that impressive.

"I can't say I've had too many days like that, where I conceded 20 off the first two overs and find myself with 4-40. Pretty strange day, but... it was probably a really good learning experience and by the end of the day we'd found out a little about conditions and their team. Managed to pick up a few wickets as well," Doherty added.

Meanwhile, the Twenty20 World Cup will take place later this year. Australia are 1213.00 to win the title for the first time, while India are 1213.00 and England are 1213.00.

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