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England v West Indies Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Gatting: We're primed for one-day glory
Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting is hopeful of further England success
Former England Test star Mike Gatting says the current side's thrilling win over the West Indies is the ideal preparation for the forthcoming triangular one-day series.

The two-wicket victory at Lord's should be a timely boost to confidence and help bring further success, the Middlesex coach believes.

He hopes England build on the performance during the limited overs NatWest series, also involving Zimbabwe, which starts on Saturday.

"I would like to think they are in great spirits. Everyone in the camp will be bubbling. It's a great platform to go into the one-day series," he said.


"It's all about building on confidence and team spirit."

Mike Gatting

"Hopefully, we can go into the one-day series and win it. It's all about building on confidence and team spirit. They can take this momentum into the one-dayers."

He is full of praise for the the second Test effort which saw the West Indies skittled out for 54 in their second innings.

A partnership of 92 between Michael Vaughan and Mike Atherton then helped steer England home.

Mike Atherton
Hopes are high for another big innings from Mike Atherton

"For the guys to come out and knock the West Indies over for 54 was marvellous. Vaughan and Atherton did a great job," he said.

Alec Stewart, acting captain in the absence of injured Nasser Hussain, has said he fears the one-day tournament could cost England vital momentum in the Test series.

The third Test, at Old Trafford, does not start until 3 August, but Gatting insists the timing could hardly be better.

"When you have got a two-match series against different countries, the middle is an ideal time to play the one-dayers," he said.

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