Rampaul hopes for a revival
Nottingham, England – Ravi Rampaul said West Indies were banking on another miraculous partnership from Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy to revive their fortunes in the second Test against England.
An inexplicable batting collapse undermined the Windies, after their bowlers – led by Rampaul – brought them back into the match on Sunday at Trent Bridge.
Batting linchpin Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the ill Kirk Edwards were among the casualties, as the Windies, trailing by 58 on first innings, crashed to 61 for six at the close on the third day.
But West Indies are hoping that Samuels and Sammy, both century-makers in the first innings, when they linked up for a record seventh-wicket partnership, could produce another significant batting performance to transform the complexion of the game.
“It’s tough watching your top six batsmen get out like this after the bowlers worked so hard in the first two sessions, but that’s the way the games goes,” he said.
“The two batsmen at the crease – Samuels and Sammy – both scored hundreds in the first innings, so we are still a confident bunch of guys.”
He added: “Hopefully, Samuels and Sammy can apply themselves and get us out of the spot of bother in which we find ourselves.”
“We were hoping to get through the final session without the loss of any wickets to be in a position to build an innings and try to get a total that would allow us to bowl at England again.”
The collapse followed a workmanlike fight-back from the bowlers, spearheaded by Rampaul with three wickets for 75 runs from 32 overs, as England were dismissed for 428 in their first innings.
Rampaul hailed the work of the bowler, after they pegged the England batsmen back, after the hosts resumed on 259 for two.
“On Saturday, we were not patient enough and failed to build pressure on the England batsmen,” he said.
“It was tough because it’s a hard pitch on which to bowl. Your line and length has to be spot on.”
“We came on Sunday and decided that we were going to apply ourselves properly as a bowling unit and we got the rewards for our efforts.”
Rampaul urged the West Indies batsmen to follow the lead of the bowlers and fight a little harder, easing the workload on the bowling unit.
“It’s not easy bowling 120-odd overs trying to get a team bowled out and then look at your batsmen not applying themselves,” he said.
“I do not fault any one of them, but I will do my part to give them confidence and ask them to focus more, apply themselves a little bit more, and eventually they will get to there.”
Rampaul said it was difficult to determine what would be a competitive target and West Indies could only think about survival right now.
“I think our batsmen are trying really hard, but I think they need to be a little more patient,” he said.
“I think they need to take a page out of the book of the English batsmen, leave a lot of balls and wait for the opportunity to score.”