Sammy intent on completing series sweep
Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has said his side isn't going to let up in the third ODI on Tuesday, despite having already claimed the one-day series. West Indies won the second game in Mirpur by eight wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.
"We still got a job to do," Sammy said. "We win the series 3-0 and we get four ranking points so it's a very important match. It's not about revenge but going out there putting up a professional display. We win the series 2-1, we get no points. We win it three-love, that's four points."
One of the team's stated goals is to make their way up the one-day ranking ladder before the 2015 World Cup, and a sweep here would get them started. West Indies are currently eighth in the ODI rankings, nine points behind New Zealand.
Although they won the first two games with ease, Sammy said there was still work to be done. "I thought the lower order batted very well in the last game but we, including myself, dropped a few catches. We had them under 60 for 5, we could have restricted them to under 120."
The seamers have done most of the damage for West Indies, despite the pitches in Bangladesh normally being more conducive to spin, and Sammy said that was testimony to their discipline and perseverance. "Bangladesh normally have spinning wickets. We back our bowlers. When you bowl fast, you do that on every wicket. We control what we can, our line and lengths. We are disciplined."
Bangladesh have won their last four games in Chittagong but West Indies are determined to end that streak. "We prepared well, so it improves our chances to win," Sammy said. "The team is slowly gelling together."
Lendl Simmons and Marlin Samuels have been the two form batsmen for the visitors. Simmons made a hundred in the first game before narrowly missing out in the second, while Samuels made an aggressive, unbeaten 88 in the second game to see West Indies home. "He's [Simmons] matured over the years," Sammy said. "He had a break from international cricket. Playing first-class cricket and Champions League has given him exposure and he's been consistent."
Samuels, who returned to international cricket earlier this year following a two-year ban, was also singled out for praise. "Before he had a two-year break from international cricket he was playing very well for us. He's a natural strokemaker. He took a few games to get back into his own. The work he has put in for somebody who has been out from cricket for two years is tremendous."
Batting coach Desmond Haynes was another who received credit for the improved displays from West Indies. "Haynes has done some good work since the Pakistan series," Sammy said. "It's good to see that the guys are showing in the middle what they're practicing in the nets.
"So far our fast bowlers have taken the wickets. So far we've been batting well and we lost only six wickets in two one-dayers. It hasn't happened in a long time. Credit to the guys and how the coach has incorporated a professional culture in the team. It's all well for West Indies cricket."