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McKay relishing West Indies challenge

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:58PM AEST | by Patrick Sexton, Omnisport 7

Australia paceman Clint McKay is confident his team can match the star-studded West Indies side they will face in their upcoming ODI series.

The five-match series begins on Friday at the WACA with Australia heading into the opener fresh from an encouraging 32-run win over Sri Lanka in Hobart in the final one-day of their recently completed series.

While recognising the plethora of talent the West Indies have at their disposal, McKay insists he is relishing the challenge of pitting his wits against them and believes Australia will win.

"(I am) really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. The West Indies are a great cricket team and a really dangerous one in the shorter formats," he said after flying into Perth with the squad on Tuesday.

"We saw that in the T20 World Cup and this is a continuation onto that, the one-day series, and (it is) a big challenge for us and something we are really looking forward to after the Sri Lanka series.

"Of course they do (have a lot of good players) ... there's heaps of them so they are quite a star-studded line-up and it's going to be a very tough series and it's one we are sort of looking to challenge head-on and make sure we win this series."

McKay will lead a strong Australian pace attack that boasts the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, with the Victorian not shying away from the vital role he and his fellow speedsters will play in deciding the series.

"They've got some very dangerous players and that's something that us bowlers have got to (handle)," he said.

"(We have) come up with our plans and limiting the damage and I think that's going to go a long way to determining who wins this series."

After drawing their series with Sri Lanka despite some poor performances, McKay believes the imminent West Indies fixtures provide the perfect avenue to bounce back.

"It did hurt a little bit, obviously not winning the series but (we) played beautifully down in Hobart to draw the series 2-2 and going into the last game that's all we could achieve and we got the job done," he said.

"That gives us a bit more momentum I think coming into this series and we are starting afresh. It's 0-0 at the moment and come Friday we want to make sure we have a 1-0 lead."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 January, 2013 7:52AM AEST

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