McKay backs skipper to pull through
January 30, 2013 10:50:30 UK
Australia captain Michael Clarke should be fit to lead the side into the ODI series against the West Indies, says paceman Clint McKay.
Clarke rolled his ankle on Thursday at training, and was ruled out of the fifth and final one-dayer against Sri Lanka. But McKay said he had no worries the skipper would be declared fit for Friday's first clash with the Windies at the WACA Ground. Clarke flew to Perth ahead of the main playing group to prepare for the double-WA fixture, with a second clash on Sunday before the series moves to Canberra's Manuka Oval.
I'm sure (on) Friday, he'll be the first one out there, leading us out as the great skipper he is.Clint McKay
"I just saw him up in the reception then and he's looking as fit as ever, walking fine," McKay said. "I'm sure (on) Friday, he'll be the first one out there, leading us out as the great skipper he is."
Australia go into the series against the West Indies looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat in the Twenty20 Internationals series against the Sri Lankans. And McKay's fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson says the aim will be to dominate the side from the Caribbean.
Though the West Indies are Twenty20 world champions, they came badly unstuck in their recent 3-2 one-day series loss to minnows Bangladesh. Johnson said if Australia could beat the West Indies in the first two one-dayers at the WACA, it would set the tone for the whole series.
"We want to keep on top of these guys and try and win this series well," he said.
The West Indies will restore fast bowler Kemar Roach to their side after he was given permission to miss Tuesday's match against the Prime Minister's XI due to a personal matter.
Australia are 1.53 to win the first ODI, with the West Indies priced at 2.50. Aaron Finch is 5.00 to be Australia's top run scorer.
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