The West Indies captain Darren Sammy has blamed poor sessions for their 2-0 test series loss to England..
He was quoted by a cricket website saying, “We felt we competed in the Tests, but didn't compete for long enough. Some sessions we dominated, but in some sessions we were really bad.” Sammy isn’t wrong when he says that his team didn’t compete long enough. The Windies looked on top on some parts of sessions (even some sessions entirely), but just let the ball drop and let England wrest control with ease.
The Windies had been starting off well in their recent test match series against England but were some fumbles would push them right back to the bottom. The English would make full use of those mistakes and would eventually dominate them.
Sammy sounded a lot more confident when he pointed out that the West Indies had crossed 300 runs thrice in three test matches, even though contributions from their top order batsmen were minimal.
He also pointed out Marlon Samuels’ form in the series (386 runs with an average of 96.50, coming in at number 5 or 6) and the Darren Sammy – Tino Best partnership which shifted things for the better in the final test, taking them to 426. That match though, failed to get a positive result for the West Indies as three of the five days were washed away. Sammy also added that his team knew what they needed to work on now and would concentrate on those areas, helping in making them a more complete unit.
If the few glitches they have are sorted out, the West Indies will indeed become a more formidable opponent in the future. For now, the skipper is poised and ready to go into the three-match ODI series head – on, with a lot more confidence and a relatively stronger team. “As a West Indies side, we've always had camaraderie in the dressing-room, but we've spoken about what we can expect in Test, one-day and Twenty20 cricket. As a team, we've got more experience of playing one-day cricket. But with Tests, it will take longer to start winning games consistently,” he was quoted saying later.