Sammy: WI could have done better
DHAKA – Captain Darren Sammy and the West Indies won the Test series, were beaten 3-2 in the One-Day Internationals and won the one-off International T20 against Bangladesh and he has expressed his disappointment that the regional side failed to deliver in all three formats.
“We won the same amount of series as we did last year (in Bangladesh) so we haven’t achieved the goal we left the Caribbean with but with that said I think Bangladesh played really well especially in the limited overs cricket,” Sammy told reporters after failing to deliver on a mooted 5-0 whitewash of Bangladesh.
“I guess they’ve worked hard over the years and when you work hard you get results. We’re disappointed we didn’t win the One-Day series but when we look back at the year, we achieved good things in 2012,” he said.
West Indies swept the two-match Test series but stumbled badly in the limited overs rubber, losing the first two matches in Khulna to fall behind 0-2. They recovered well to win the first two games in Dhaka and level the series before succumbing in the decisive fifth game.
Sammy said despite the letdown of the one-day series, there were plenty positives to take from the tour.
“When you look back we won four Test matches in a year and four Test matches in a row, something that has not been done since our manager Richie Richardson was captain,” he pointed out.
“We came here to win (the Test series) two-nil and we did that. The wins we will definitely take back home … now we have a little break and we look forward to 2013.”
In the final ODI West Indies tallied a challenging 197 for four following Marlon Samuels’ astonishing 85. The right-hander’s savage assault saw him smash four sixes and a four in the final over from seamer Rubel Hossain that cost 29 runs and proved pivotal. Bangladesh responded with 179 for one with their top three batsmen playing with little bother as only Chris Gayle, and to a lesser extent, Sunil Narine, curbed the hosts’ attacking stroke-play.
“We expected them to come hard at us but when you have an asking rate of ten runs per over you have to go hard all the time. Although they only lost one wicket, they were short by 18 runs,” Sammy said.
The West Indies next international assignment is a One-Day International Series against Australia that starts at Perth on February 1, 2013.