Sammy looks for change of fortunes
KHULNA, Bangladesh – Darren Sammy said West Indies will have to dig deeper if they are to bounce back in their One-day International series against Bangladesh.
The Windies captain said he hoped his side could have a change of fortunes when they return to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka for the last three ODIs of the series (all day-nighters) this coming Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Career-best bowling from Ravi Rampaul failed to inspire the visitors, as a maiden hundred from Anamul Haque gave the hosts the impetus for a 160-run victory in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here.
Sammy said it was not beyond his side to win the last three ODIs and clinch the series, but they would need to improve significantly.
“We are going to regroup, but it’s probably a good wake-up call for us, and we’ll have to come back harder.
“We are 2-0 down, but we’re not out. It would not be a wise thing to count us out because we have been in similar situations before and we have bounced back.”
He added: “Bangladesh have played some good cricket and are showing us how to play one-day cricket on these pitches. They have assessed these conditions well and have played accordingly.
“We have to take a page out of the book, if we are to win the next one and the two after that.”
Sammy said West Indies had not played to their potential, failing to build significant partnerships and bowl to their plan.
“The brand of cricket that we have been playing, we should play much better,” he said. “What we have displayed in the last two matches is not what we know we are capable of doing.
“Bangladesh have seized the opportunity and we are on the back-foot now. It doesn’t mean that we can’t go to Dhaka and the change of scenery could bring a change of fortune for us, and keep the series well alive. To be able to achieve this, we definitely have to improve in all areas.”
Sammy said though the Bangladesh spinners have taken the bulk of the West Indies wickets in the two matches, he did not think his side had any trouble with playing spin.
“I think it is about being more selective,” he said. “If you look at the calibre of players we have, once we stay at the crease we are going to score runs, but we keep getting out. . .so far we haven’t been able to put good partnerships together.
“We have had our troubles against spin in the past, but we get better once we spend time at the crease and so far none of our batsmen have done so.
“You just got to play what you see and be patient. We know we are a good boundary-hitting team and once our batsmen spend time at the crease, like we showed in the preceding Test matches, it becomes easier for us to play.”