Rain spoils Sammy's show
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC -- Captain Darren Sammy has rued the intervention of rain which spoiled West Indies run chase and forced a draw on the final day of the second Test.
Set 215 for victory, West Indies had taken up the challenge and were 53 for two when adverse weather swept in an hour before the scheduled tea interval, to ruin play for the remainder of the day.
Sammy told reporters West Indies believed they could win the match.
“We were all positive going out to chase the total and the guys are disappointed with the outcome” Sammy said. “I came in at three to give the innings some impetus after the early loss and we also had Shivnarine Chanderpaul to come and we know he is in form and could have changed his game, if the situation came to that.
“The guys were positive in the dressing room. Once 60 overs were bowled and once we batted properly we thought that we could get the runs.”
Australia declared at 160-8 after resuming at their overnight position of 73-3. They made slow progress in the first session but accelerated after lunch to make a declaration half-hour into the session.
Sammy said he had not been surprised by skipper Michael Clarke’s decision.
“Nothing surprises me with them, after the declaration in Barbados,” the all-rounder said. “They looked at the wicket and thought 220 would be a good score to defend, but the way we bowled before lunch, we did not let them off the hook. I think Kemar (Roach), myself kept the screws on them and they could not score as quickly as they wanted.”
Australia had snatched the early advantage when seamer Ben Hilfenhaus removed both openers Kieran Powell (5) and Adrian Barath (4) cheaply but Sammy entered to unleash a cameo 30 from 26 balls, and was unbeaten when the rains came.
Sammy reiterated that West Indies were determined to play positively against Australia, as they were convinced they could get the upper hand on the tourists.
“The guys believe more that they are not only here to compete but they can win matches against top opposition and we’re going out there and play every game with that kind of mentality,” Sammy asserted.
“Coach (Ottis) Gibson is a tough coach and regards professionalism very highly and that is what we are trying to do, be a professional unit that can go out there and execute properly.”
West Indies will play Australia in the third Test at Windsor Park in Dominica starting Monday.