Will keep believing despite loss: Sammy
Bridgetown, Apr 12: West Indies captain Darren Sammy said the three-wicket loss to Australia in the opening Test will not damage his side’s growing self-confidence and has urged his troops not to despair despite the hugely disappointing result.
Resuming the day on 71/5, the West Indies were dismissed for 148, giving the Aussies 192 to chase for victory at Kensington Oval on Wednesday. Shane Watson stroked 52, Ed Cowan got 34 and Mike Hussey 32 to steer Australia to victory in fading daylight with 14 overs remaining.
“I told the guys at the end of the Test match to keep their heads up. We did a lot of good things. I remember the pre-match interview. Both captains said one bad hour could turn around the game and that’s exactly what happened in this Test match. We dominated Australia for three-and-a-half days and even today (Wednesday) when we bowled, we made them fight for that 190.”
The West Indies were in control for most of the match, after winning the toss and batting first and tallying an impressive 449 for nine declared. They reduced Australia on the third morning to 285 for eight before Ryan Harris, who hit an unbeaten 68, led a late revival to see Australia to 406 for nine declared after lunch.
In a wretched 25 minutes before tea, West Indies lost three wickets for four runs and the innings never recovered from the shock.
“We didn’t expect them to declare for sure but looking at it, we had a three-hour session in the morning and I don’t think our guys have ever spent three hours on a cricket field in one go,” Sammy pointed out.
“There are no excuses for the way we went out in the second innings. It happened to us a few times last year where we bat really well in one innings and we don’t in the next and it’s something we have to be more conscious of. Test cricket especially is two innings of batting and we have to formulate a way to bat well in both innings,” Sammy said. IANS
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