Sammy Eyeing Another Win And Clean Sweep
West Indies captain Darren Sammy says that his team are going into the second and final Test against Bangladesh looking to wrap up the series 2-0 and extend their winning run.
They are also targeting a clean sweep of wins in every match on tour and this ambition will drive the team once the match gets underway in Khulna. bet365 have West Indies 1/2 favourites to win in Khulna, the draw at 3/1 and Bangladesh at 6/1.
Speaking to WICB Media, Sammy, who led his team to victory by 77 runs in the opening match, outlined:
"The previous match was a hard-fought victory for the team. We have seen more of [the Bangladeshis]. We know how competitive they will play, so we can formulate a better plan for them going forward, both batting and bowling.
"People may say the victory was only against Bangladesh, but we have lacked a winning attitude for too long. We won the two Tests and the previous series against New Zealand, and now we have another chance to do the same thing here."
However, Sammy feels there is still room for improvement, borne out by the fact that in the opening Test Bangladesh managed to take a lead on first innings and instigated a collapse when the West Indies batted again.
"I would like us to improve our second innings batting,” he said. “This is something that has affected us in the past, where we only bat well in one innings and don’t back it up in the next. It was a much better effort in this Test, but it’s still something we can improve.
"The guys who scored runs for us in previous Test series, like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and myself, we didn’t get much in the first Test, yet we still got a big total, so it’s good contributions are coming from different members of the team.
"There’s always room for improvement in any sport, but the players are in a really good frame of mind and we will be looking to come up with another performance that will win us this next Test.
"Once we continue to work as hard as we have done over the last few years, we should come out victorious."
Sammy was full of praise for his bowlers who worked tirelessly on a slow pitch to dismiss Bangladesh twice but he hinted that there may be changes for the final Test.
"I think it was a good decision to play the extra bowler in the first Test. Veerasammy Permaul created some important breakthroughs for us.
"Neither (Sunil) Narine nor I bowled as well as we could in the second innings. The way Tino Best bowled and the way they played him, we may be tempted to play Fidel Edwards, since he too is quite pacy."
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