Sammy: Half done, half to go

Kingston, Jamaica — West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes “half the job is done” as the regional team looks forward to a rare Test series win against New Zealand in the second and final match which starts Thursday at Sabina Park.

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Sammy, whose team won the opening Test in Antigua by nine wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the Digicel home series, stressed that complacency should not set in.

“Half the job is done. We won the first Test and we have one more here in Jamaica and we are looking forward to it. It's good to win games, but we can't get complacent. We still got to go out and do the same things again, or do even better,” he said upon the arrival of the teams.

In Antigua, the big-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle powered to 150 and 64 not out. His left-handed opening partner, Kieran Powell, crafted 134 in the first innings for his maiden Test ton and contributed 33 in the winning run chase.

The highly-rated spinner Sunil Narine took a haul of eight wickets to win the Digicel Man-of-the-Match Award, while pacer Kemar Roach turned in a spirited performance on the final day five to cripple the visitors' batting. The combative Roach finished with 5-60 in that innings.

Sammy said Gayle's return has brought solidity to the top order, adding that the other players played vital roles.

“We have Chris back, giving us that type of experience at the top. Powell had that (century) innings that was really good. We have Narine as a match-winner and we also have Kemar, so I think we have a good mix in the team. In that Test match we did what we had to do. The batsmen got a good first-innings score and the bowlers backed it up,” Sammy said.

Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Christopher Gayle, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Adrian Barath.

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 02:43