PREVIEW: Samuels wants to spark revival

Kingstown, St Vincent -- West Indies will be looking for a much improved batting display when they face Australia in the second Digicel One-Day International on Sunday at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.

The Windies had a productive net session at the picturesque ground on Saturday morning and will be looking to correct the batting mistakes from Friday, when the second match bowls off at 9.30 am on Sunday (8.30 am Jamaica Time).

Marlon Samuels had an extended knock in the nets and afterwards noted that he could be the man to lead the home side to bigger and better things. The stylish right-hander made 35 with three sixes in one over, but the Windies fell for just 140 to lose by 64 runs. Earlier in the day he bowled his off-spin brilliantly to take two wickets in eight overs.

Samuels said next time around he will be looking to “go all the way” and vowed to “get things right”.

“My job was to bat through, to bat all the way home and see us to victory. I was playing well, hitting the ball really well, and I felt like I was doing a good job. But I fell at a crucial stage and didn't achieve the goal for the team,” Samuels said.

“We have an opportunity to correct it on Sunday. The Australian attack does not have any real demons but they are a disciplined team and they play very competitive cricket. We have to combat that and to do that we have to be clear in our minds what we have to achieve and go out there and achieve it.”

During Friday’s match scored his 3000th ODI run.

“It’s a great and lovely feeling. Any milestone in international cricket is good. I’ve been playing for over a decade now and I’m still around. I had my ups and downs but I give thanks that I still have it in me to come out and present the West Indies and reach such a milestone,” Samuels said of passing the milestone.

For Sunday’s match, Australia will stick with the same XI for, with pace duo Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson, as well as spinner Nathan Lyon again left out.
Hilfenhaus (virus) and Pattinson (strained buttock muscle) were both fit for selection for game two while Lyon lost his place in the team for game one to middle-order batsman George Bailey, who top-scored with 48 on debut.

Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty took four wickets on Friday and said he appreciated getting used to the surface quickly, while also studying the less familiar faces in the home team’s  line-up.

“Pretty pleasing to kick start the tour in that way ... It was very important,” he said when asked about Australia's strong start. “When you come to a foreign country, you want to make a statement early. We spoke about that,” he said.

“Not knowing ... about the conditions or their team, we knew it was important to hit the ground running and use the first match ... to pick up as much as we can, but also get the result.”

West Indies:
Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Carlton Baugh, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels; Head Coach: Ottis Gibson.
Australia: Shane Watson (captain), David Warner, (vice-captain), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade. Head coach: Mickey Arthur.

Umpires: Peter Nero, Shavir Tarapore
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena
Fourth official: Gregory Brathwaite
ICC Match referee: Andy Pycroft

Sun, 03/18/2012 - 00:40