Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Khulna December 2, 2012

Sammy wants batsmen to be selective


West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said that Bangladesh's 2-0 lead in the ODI series was because the home team had assessed the conditions better and tailored their game accordingly. Sammy won both tosses - West Indies batted in the first game and fielded in the second - but his team was beaten comprehensively. The 160-run margin of defeat in the second ODI in Khulna was West Indies' third-heaviest loss in terms of runs.

"We have to take the pitch out of the book, if we are to win the next one and the two after that," Sammy said. "Bangladesh have played some good cricket and are showing us how to play one-day cricket on these pitches. They have assessed these conditions well and played accordingly.

"It is probably a good wake-up call for us and we'll come back harder. We are 2-0 down but we're not out. It would not be a wise thing to count us out because we have been in similar situations before and we have bounced back."

Sammy said the West Indies batsmen had missed out on runs by not being selective at the start of the innings. They made 199 in the first game, with many of their middle-order batsmen throwing wickets away to aerial shots, and the theme continued in the second match, though a fair share of batsmen couldn't work out the spinners. Chasing 292, West Indies were dismissed for 132.

"I think it is about being more selective. If you look at the kind of players we have, once we stay at the crease we are going to score runs, but we keep getting out," Sammy said. "So far we haven't been able to put good partnerships together.

"We don't really want to rely on anybody. You look to see off the two new balls so you just got to play what you see and be patient. We know we are a good boundary hitting team and once our batsmen spend time at the crease, like we showed in the Test matches, it becomes easier for us to play."

West Indies will now return to Dhaka needing to win the remaining three ODIs to clinch the series. Sammy thinks a change of scene improve his team's performances.

"The brand of cricket we play, we should have played much better. A change of scenery in Dhaka could bring a change of fortune for us, and keep the series well alive. We are 2-0 down, but we are not down and out."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Hildreth on December 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    SAMMY should've learnt his lesson by now after stating before a ball was bowled that he's looking foward to a 5-0 clean sweep in this ODI series vs BD. Now it's the Bangladeshis already 2-0 up that's expecting a 5-0 whitewash of the Windies. BD deserves to be 2-0 up because they've thoroughly outplayed Windies in BATTING, FIELDING, BOWLING and TACTICS on the field. Sammy must climb down from CLOUD 9 which he seems to be in since the 20/20 WC triumph and 2-0 test victory vs BD. He must MARSHALL HIS TROOPS before the match and urge all TEAM members to give their BEST for the good of Windies cricket. He must have his bowlers to bowl to a plan and set fields accordingly. Too often there are huge gaps in field placings that the BD batsmen easily exploit. Employing a SWEEPER on both sides of wicket would be helpful. Bowling and Field placings should be aimed at building PRESSURE on the opposition batsmen not just going through the overs. SAMMY MUST ALSO LEAD BY EXAMPLE WITH BAT & BALL

  • Budda D on December 4, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Get Chanders back into the tean until the "Youngsters" can learn how to apply themselves! There is no one to provide any stability in the middle order. Also a "Batting Allrounder", Maybe Deonarine, instead of a bunch of sorry looking Medium Pacers!

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @asaduzzaman Sabir

    Sir, what happened back in 2010 to NZ was injuries... and Vettori was at his Ending.. But the circumstances for Sammy here are different... he's got 6-7 years remaining and could even lead the WI for 2019 Worldcup England, as other Class WI Agrade players had previous issues with their own board. There is no replacement for Sammy as he doesn't play Leagues in other countries.

    BD has assessed the conditions very well and impressiveness what I see are the Debutants. They should develop a South African pitch what Indians would call a spinners nightmare. The only 1 problem is they need some pacer 145+kph and then regular series unlike ZIM.

    & please visit Pakistan

  • Prashan on December 3, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Oh what is happening to the world T20 champions???

  • Tameshwar on December 2, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Fast bowling troubled BD in the test series.Why arn't we playing 2 genuine quicks? Sammy has to sit out that's why.75 % of Win batters can't play genuine spin .Don't be making excuses, playing in sub contonental conditions and having batters inept at playing spin shows in the results.Play Edwards( 2nd) quick, Simmonds (wkpr) and Permaul as your spinning allrounder.Sammy should sit out.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    I am still numb. How could Windies not play in form Powell, Ramdin or Chandrapaul, men who made the most runs during the test series. Too many interchangeable all rounders who are under performing big time - Pollard, Russell, Sammy and Smith. Replacing Roach with Smith makes no sense. And we need another spinner. It seems that the management have confused T20 and ODI and this eliminated Chandrapaul. My team Gayle, Powell, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Thomas, Sammy, Permaul, Narine, Rampaul and Roach. 4 specialist batsmen, 4 specialist bowlers, 2 all rounders and a keeper. Russell, Smith, Simmons, Pollard will compete for one spot in which the batting line up will be adjusted

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    The West Indies must make certain changes before it is too late. Powell, Holder and Permaul must replace Simmons, Narine and Dwayne Smith. The bowlers must stop bowling short and wide or full and wide. A sweeper and a deep midwicket must always be in place. Aerial shots must be minimized or played in vacant regions and not straight to fielders. Predictions about 5-0. 4-1 or 3-2 must be avoided. Cricket is played on the pitch and not infront of a microphone. It seems the bowlers cannot bowl 6 deliveries on a good length close to the off stump. It is comical to see military medium pacers trying to bowl short and being thrashed around the park. In one day cricket it is the batsmen who should take risks, not the bowlers. The bowlers seem to lack a plan and the batsmen are too complacent because they know Powell is the only batting reserve on tour. If they lose the series, wholesale changes must be made. Getting out the same way each match and shaking one's head is insane!

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Champions show their excellency with their performance on fields not at press conference. Present WI team is much more favorite and experienced than that of BD team. But after loosing the first ODI poorly the champion(!) Pollard said at the press conference (about the ball he was out) " If I get the same ball tomorrow, I will try to play the same shot as well. This time it will go to Dhaka." But what really happened during the 2nd ODI today, it was the ball or his stumps which one went to Dhaka is surely known to all by now. Loosing a match or two is not unnatural but after loosing a match badly if you press the success signal of next match well ahead and again loose heavily that speaks nakedly about your poor leadership quality. With due respect I will request the Vice Captain Kieron Pollard to prove his worth with performance. We are there to respect and speak for the Champions.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Mr Samy !st i want from you because you are not contributing in bowling , fielding and also batting so it's better you should give resign from your captaincy . West Indies Should Groom a New Captain.

  • emperor on December 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    bd bats down to no.10th!!so far too good for wi.need to post big score or bowl much better than the previous's batting becoming stronger & stronger day by day.who knows may b today or tomorrow or the day after tomorrow this batting line up replace the indian batting line up to be dubbed as the strongest batting line up.afterall tomorrow never dies!

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