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Sammy hails Samuels

good day for windies, says captain

KHULNA – Darren Sammy has hailed the batting of Marlon Samuels and said he has become an integral part of the West Indies team since his return to the international game last year.

The Windies captain spoke after Samuels stroked a typically silky hundred and equally composed batting from Darren Bravo led a strong reply for the visitors against Bangladesh in the second Test today at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

“Marlon did not have a significant score in the previous Test, and I know before he arrived, he said he wanted to score three international hundreds,” said Sammy. “The way he went about his innings, this is what we are getting used to from Marlon.

“He has scored over 700 runs for us this year and he has been batting well for us in all formats of the game. Over the last few years, we have asked our batsmen to take responsibility and it is good to see more players doing it. Hopefully, we can continue and get a big total again.”

Sammy also praised Bravo for the character that he showed during his innings and said it was a solid partnership that he had built with Samuels.

“Bravo had a good knock in the second innings of the previous Test and he looks really good,” said Sammy.

“We normally score quickly, but he and Samuels have played really well, and have assessed the state of the pitch to judge the tempo at which they can score.

“Friday is a new day, but we will be looking for them to start well and give us a solid foundation early on with a player like Shiv still to come.”

Sammy said it was a good day for West Indies, after Bangladesh had amassed 365 for eight on Wednesday’s opening day.

“We saw how they batted on the pitch and we knew how good it would have been to bat on, so it was good to see our batsmen take the responsibility and we did not lose more than two wickets,” he said.

“It was also good for us to knock off the two remaining Bangladesh wickets early in the morning period and look to bat ourselves into a superior position.”

Reflecting on the previous day’s play, Sammy said it was difficult to endure, as Abul Hasan blasted a Test hundred on debut batting at 10 to lead a rearguard action for the home team, but it was a learning experience for the entire team.

“Being on the receiving end is never a good thing,” he said. “Seeing we had them 193 for eight and they ended up almost doubling that score thanks to the second-last pair.

“I had to put myself in the shoes of the England team when Tino Best scored 95 batting at 11 earlier this year. I knew how we felt in the dressing room, but I also realised how England must have felt.”

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