Following defeats in the first two ODIs, the tourists are already staring down the barrel of a loss in the five-match series but Sammy is adamant the West Indies will bounce back to deny Australia the chance of celebrating a series win.

“West Indians know how to set up a good party,” said Sammy. “From now on every game is a final for us, and we’ve got to play it like that. History is in the making and we love being a part of history.”

The West Indies go into the match with somewhat of a home ground advantage. It will be the first time the Australian team will play a match on the ground, whereas the West Indies played a warm-up game against the Prime Minister’s XI there a week ago when more than 640 runs were scored.

“We have already played there and the pitch is a very good one. I guess it was a very good outing and we expect the same on the match day.”

Sammy also played down the danger Australian paceman Mitchell Starc posed to his team despite the havoc wreaked by him in the first two ODIs.

West Indies are on the verge of losing the five-match ODI series against the hosts Australia. This Canberra fixture is their last chance to stage a comeback and offer some resistance. At one stage, they were on top in the second ODI but a brilliant counterattacking batting from George Bailey brought Australia back into the game and with the help of in-form bowler Mitchell Starc, West Indies were condemned to another defeat. 

However, the Manuka Oval is considered a batting friendly track and will offer some hope to the West Indian batting lineup that has failed to perform so far in the series.


West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas(w), Darren Sammy(c), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine

Australia: Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke(c), George Bailey, Matthew Wade(w), Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay

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