Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd Test, Colombo November 22, 2010

Sammy 'surprised' at Shillingford report

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Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has added his support to troubled offspinner Shane Shillingford who has been reported for a suspect action following the first Test against Sri Lanka. Both Sammy and the coach Ottis Gibson have indicated Shillingford will be retained for the second match despite the cloud over him.

"I am surprised. We have been informed by the match referee and other people who made that decision," said Sammy. "It's beyond our control. We are just supporting Shane and helping him along to come through the second Test. I am not in a position to talk on that subject at the moment. But what I can tell you is that Shane will be getting the full support of all the squad members and the coaching staff."

Sammy denied that Shillingford was under extra pressure going into the second Test. "We did a lot of good things in the last Test and Shane was part of the good things that we did. We are just looking to give our full support and help him along in the second Test."

Sammy, who took over the captaincy from Chris Gayle, wants his team to build on the positive performance in Galle where they had Sri Lanka under pressure throughout the match. "When we left the Caribbean we said that we are going to Sri Lanka to compete and restore pride of Caribbean cricket. We did that in the last Test. Right now it's all about being consistent and improving on our performances.

"Like in the first Test our preparations were limited. The opportunities we got indoors we made full use of. The areas we can improve are doing well in middle-order. Although the middle-order collapsed still we went onto score 580 runs. We just have to keep improving. The middle-order is one area we can improve. We came here with a winning mindset and we need to improve on a few things," he said.

The suggestion is that West Indies will employ a twin-spin attack in Colombo with Sulieman Benn, who is available again after suspension, being recalled to partner Shillingford. "When we meet at a selection committee we'll look at the balance of the team and see what's the best 11 to represent West Indies. Sulieman and Shane are options to consider," said Sammy.

However, despite dominating the opening encounter on the back of Gayle's career-best 333, Sammy knows to be wary of Sri Lanka on their home soil. "Sri Lanka are one of the best teams in the world. We are expecting them to come back strong. I hope they will come hard on us. But we have prepared sufficiently.

"We are looking to improve on our performances. We know what we are capable of doing. We have seen the Sri Lankan line up. Our guys will go out there and play accordingly."

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  • swaroopjammula on November 29, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    @shameerpvt:there are many young spinners in India who are in their early stages lke pragyan,chawla,ashwin,mishra.we doesn't know where they can reach.they may not be better than murali but they are better than the srilankan spinners who are operating now.India did not struggle to save matches.India did not lose a single series in since 2008-09 season in tests.India did not lose a single odi series in India this year.

  • sadSajith on November 28, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Every bowler bowl faster than 140kmph should banned because Indian bowlers can't bowl faster than 140kmph.

  • Vilander on November 26, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Beauty of Test cricket is that, quality mostly wins out in the last. So you can not expect Gayle to score 300 every match, and Sanga and Jaywardane would probably prevail in the remainder of the series.

  • V_Raju on November 23, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    @Indian and Sri Lankan Brother.

    Malinga is a wonderfull bowler .... don't mind the comments. We Indian really like Arvinda DeSilva, Vaas, Murli and Jayasuriya. SL winning 1996 world cup was a revolution in world cricket.

    But don't question Indian supermacy in test cricket ... else we will send Sehwag, Sachin and Dravid to bat all day against SL. And mind it Laxman is padded too .. scarcy ha ????

  • lankan-buwa on November 23, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    hmmm well lukin at all these allegation indians bring about lankan bowlers(malinga),,ma only conclusion is tht they are really mad tht with a mere 20 million population sri lanka is able to find unique talents soo easily,,but with over 1 billion population,,they very rarely manage to find a unique talent,,understandble V.Rajaa,,,i pitty u,,,well u see,,,for the ill knowledged hu are dogmatic on this is how crcket shud b played essentially,,malingas bowling wud b illegal,,but come on dude,,stop being a clown here,,,we all knw tht ICC permits side arm bowling actions,,and we jolly well knw,,if u indians find someone like malinga or murali,,,ur damn media will b justifyin every single critic,,,,get over the hypocracy mate,,grow up

  • V.Rajaa on November 23, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    @shane_perera: I never said, batsmen should have any luxury. But, they should see bowler's hand without any discomfort while releasing the ball. I never said, they need to slow down to show which ball they would bowls.Batsmen needs to see bowler's bowling hand while releasing the ball. If you not think like that, then my point is very clear. Please go and ask bowlers bowling from behind or side ways to wicket keeper, so, the three stumps always to ready to be bailed out without any fuss of any batsmen.10 balls 10 wickets.I am sad that there are so many morons like you in icc, thats y player like malinga playing internationa cricket.And I never said Malinga chucking dude.His action should not be allowed. Thats it. We dont need to discuss Geff Thomson as he was ritired so many years ago. Clean up current cricket field first. Future crieket will be cleaned up automatically.

  • jupiterlaw on November 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    After day one of the second test, I have it West Indies on points. With only 41% of the alloted overs bowled today, it has become a 4 1/2 day test match assuming no further interruptions. It might be heading for a draw again because it's hard to see these two teams bowling each other out twice in the time that's left. If this series ends up drawn, West indies will benefit more in the rankings that Sri lanka.

  • yogzzz on November 23, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    toothless ICC is heavily dependent on subcontinental teams for their survival. No wonder y we get away with all sorts of nonsense.ICC bent the bowling angle rule.Supported Bhajji for his monkey-gate lol

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002: Your mom thinks SL is better than India

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 23, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Same old comments.... Those who think Malinga chucks please go and watch Jeff Thompson - An Aussie great who has a similar action to Malinga. As for Murali's case his action was cleared and if he chucks then that means 99% bowlers chuck (except Sarwan) But it's sad to see people lacking intellect to comprehend this. @harsh_vardhan2002: Your comments are so boring and repetitive. 'SL has not won a single test in AUS, SA etc" Guess what, we'll be touring AUS, ENG & SA next year so till then please be patient okay? India has been playing test cricket for a longer period of time and has been touring AUS, SA much more often but is yet to win a series there. India has even failed to win a series in SL for the past 20 years (after SL became a full fledge team) Want an interesting topic to discuss? 'India's performance in 2007 world cup and the aftermath' hahahaha

  • swaroopjammula on November 29, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    @shameerpvt:there are many young spinners in India who are in their early stages lke pragyan,chawla,ashwin,mishra.we doesn't know where they can reach.they may not be better than murali but they are better than the srilankan spinners who are operating now.India did not struggle to save matches.India did not lose a single series in since 2008-09 season in tests.India did not lose a single odi series in India this year.

  • sadSajith on November 28, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Every bowler bowl faster than 140kmph should banned because Indian bowlers can't bowl faster than 140kmph.

  • Vilander on November 26, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Beauty of Test cricket is that, quality mostly wins out in the last. So you can not expect Gayle to score 300 every match, and Sanga and Jaywardane would probably prevail in the remainder of the series.

  • V_Raju on November 23, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    @Indian and Sri Lankan Brother.

    Malinga is a wonderfull bowler .... don't mind the comments. We Indian really like Arvinda DeSilva, Vaas, Murli and Jayasuriya. SL winning 1996 world cup was a revolution in world cricket.

    But don't question Indian supermacy in test cricket ... else we will send Sehwag, Sachin and Dravid to bat all day against SL. And mind it Laxman is padded too .. scarcy ha ????

  • lankan-buwa on November 23, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    hmmm well lukin at all these allegation indians bring about lankan bowlers(malinga),,ma only conclusion is tht they are really mad tht with a mere 20 million population sri lanka is able to find unique talents soo easily,,but with over 1 billion population,,they very rarely manage to find a unique talent,,understandble V.Rajaa,,,i pitty u,,,well u see,,,for the ill knowledged hu are dogmatic on this is how crcket shud b played essentially,,malingas bowling wud b illegal,,but come on dude,,stop being a clown here,,,we all knw tht ICC permits side arm bowling actions,,and we jolly well knw,,if u indians find someone like malinga or murali,,,ur damn media will b justifyin every single critic,,,,get over the hypocracy mate,,grow up

  • V.Rajaa on November 23, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    @shane_perera: I never said, batsmen should have any luxury. But, they should see bowler's hand without any discomfort while releasing the ball. I never said, they need to slow down to show which ball they would bowls.Batsmen needs to see bowler's bowling hand while releasing the ball. If you not think like that, then my point is very clear. Please go and ask bowlers bowling from behind or side ways to wicket keeper, so, the three stumps always to ready to be bailed out without any fuss of any batsmen.10 balls 10 wickets.I am sad that there are so many morons like you in icc, thats y player like malinga playing internationa cricket.And I never said Malinga chucking dude.His action should not be allowed. Thats it. We dont need to discuss Geff Thomson as he was ritired so many years ago. Clean up current cricket field first. Future crieket will be cleaned up automatically.

  • jupiterlaw on November 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    After day one of the second test, I have it West Indies on points. With only 41% of the alloted overs bowled today, it has become a 4 1/2 day test match assuming no further interruptions. It might be heading for a draw again because it's hard to see these two teams bowling each other out twice in the time that's left. If this series ends up drawn, West indies will benefit more in the rankings that Sri lanka.

  • yogzzz on November 23, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    toothless ICC is heavily dependent on subcontinental teams for their survival. No wonder y we get away with all sorts of nonsense.ICC bent the bowling angle rule.Supported Bhajji for his monkey-gate lol

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002: Your mom thinks SL is better than India

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 23, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Same old comments.... Those who think Malinga chucks please go and watch Jeff Thompson - An Aussie great who has a similar action to Malinga. As for Murali's case his action was cleared and if he chucks then that means 99% bowlers chuck (except Sarwan) But it's sad to see people lacking intellect to comprehend this. @harsh_vardhan2002: Your comments are so boring and repetitive. 'SL has not won a single test in AUS, SA etc" Guess what, we'll be touring AUS, ENG & SA next year so till then please be patient okay? India has been playing test cricket for a longer period of time and has been touring AUS, SA much more often but is yet to win a series there. India has even failed to win a series in SL for the past 20 years (after SL became a full fledge team) Want an interesting topic to discuss? 'India's performance in 2007 world cup and the aftermath' hahahaha

  • Philip_Gnana on November 23, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    As for the critics of Murali. They will never change. Reminds me of Ostiriches...should I say more. Scientic analysis has proved him right. Let scientific analysis prove the rest too. If not for Murali many of the bowlers will not be bowling now and would have been sidelined. Cricket should be thankful for what Murali has done for the bowlers. The fast bowlers have been getting away scot free in the past. Do not forget that the extention to the 10 degree rule was brought in to keep the likes of Glenn McGrath,Shaun Pollock and others. The report is available for all to read. Mike Holding and Richardson (part of the panel) were emphatic in their report stating that many will not be able to bowl if the tolerance/felxation rule was not relaxed. Let science do the talking please. Enough is enough. Bring on the UDRS system for all tests so that it becomes a level playing field...India please copy. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • JerryJose on November 23, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    @V.Rajaa - Completely agree with you. Rules are to be rules. They are not to be bent because of an individual's physical handicap. Can we sympathize with a blind man and give him a driving permit???? ICC set a wrong example in Murali's case and there is no going back now

  • joseyesu on November 23, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Anyway the battle is going to be between Sri and Ind. But Sri at the moment has the adv with descent batting and bowling. If and only the 7th player in Ind is a quality player in bowling then Ind has the adv. WI come on and beat the Sri's

  • Shane_Perera on November 23, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    @V.Rajaa, why don't you ask the bowlers to bowl very slow so the batsman can pick the ball and whack it. I'm glad that still there ain't any moron in ICC who thinks like that.

  • V.Rajaa on November 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    And as for Murali, though I am proud of him for his achievements as a tamilian,if he could not able to bend his arm because of his physical inability,he should have not play international cricket.Thats his problem, why bother international batsmen for his inability.Again, inactive icc is to blame for this kind of things.

  • V.Rajaa on November 23, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    @pirateseeker : Please go and tell malinga to take his bowling hand to square leg umpire and bowl from there.He is taking his hands to an extend,which forces me to say this.I think srilankans would select a bowler next, if and only he bowls behind the wicket keeper.Why shold batsmen see a bowler while bowling, isn't it ? Malinga's hands while bowling is clearly an example.You can take wickets of any batsmen who would not be vision the bowler's hands who bowls. We should not blame lankans though, these are all because of inactive direction less icc. I am not a aussie,and not writing this from any country's point of view.As a cricket loving fan,I hate bowlers uses excuses of their physical inabilities.Batsmen should see bowler's bowling hand clearly without any discomfort while playing the ball.Please say me or to any cricket loving fans around the world,is that possible while playing malinga ?

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 23, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @shameerpvt well the only thing murli could do in india sa and aus was get thrashed and not win a single test match

  • shameerpvt on November 23, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @ INDIANS : You cannot expect young guys to perform according to Murali's level. Talents vary & surely Murali is one of our Cricket Legends. Does any bowler in India have come close to that level except Anil Kumble? So called Indians also suffered alot in SL until Dhoni lifted their game in SL. We will see how Indians will play in their World Cup Matches & who are finding difficulty to save matches in their own backyard....

  • on November 23, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    SAheed....if Murli can bowl so can any spinner be it Bhaaji or Shane or Botha....as for rules less said the better....

  • on November 22, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I get the impression, only an impression, that all bowlers are not being examined equally. And it seems as though every time some teams get good players some unforeseen event precludes them from pursuing their careers. Hurtfully, many of these players, usually good bowlers, are young. The ICC must keep an eye on these developments so that justice is not only done, but SEEN to be done. Cricket must have a stated criterion as it relates tothe action ALL bowlers.

  • Kaze on November 22, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    I find it very funny when Indians criticize SL about their overseas record. Talking about the pot calling the kettle black, lol.

  • sonjjay on November 22, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    @Harsh vardhan you should not make obtuse remarks about sri lanka. It is bcoz of guys like u that sri lankan fans come and pass comments on our Indian articles. Cricinfo is about cricket not sri lankan fans vs Indian fans. So the sooner u stop the better it is. We should stick to discussing cricket on here.

  • vj_gooner on November 22, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Its been repeatedly proved by many people that Murali doesn't chuck. By birth, his arm is bent and he can't striaghten it. There is a video which explains it completely. Please see it.

  • pirateseeker on November 22, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    at passionate_cricket_follower: murali's action was controversial (while being legal)... so your childish comment is excused. but malinga?? what's wrong w/his action?! at harsh_someone: i'm sure the SL team can mind its own problems! and if you weren't on this planet recently, they went to aussie and won all tour matches T20i and ODis except the dead rubber... which is already an improvement on their 'poor record outside the subcontinent' .....don't you worry, they will improve with time!! at thomas cherian: fyi he was reported for a suspect action(which might even turn out to be legal after analysis) and what exactly is the irony of that?? i believe if this match were held somewhere else w/same umpires.... shane would have still been reported! lol and besides, someone had to be reported in SL, what with all these bowlers getting called elsewhere,,,, ...........its a probability thing.

  • darkmon.SL on November 22, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    passionate_cricket_follower,I can see your passion for cricket(hope you know at east what word passionate means !).harsh_vardhan2002,come on mate don't waste your time watching this match while India playing NZ,go and watch that.seriously ! Thomas Cherian,very much indeed mate !

  • randikaayya on November 22, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    This is no verdict, just a speculation! For the sake of the spirit of the game i hope Shillingford bounces back. many bowlers who have been reported for suspect actions in the recent past corrected themselves and restored their careers!

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I always thought it looked like Shane had a *KINK* in his action just as he is about to Deliver his arm looks a bit too bent. Hope its within the regulations it be a shame to lose him....

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Mr thomas even though shane reported in srilanka its not by sri lankn officials its been called by ICC officials and srilankns. passionate_cricket_follower u better go and learn about cricket if u so passionate abt it. do u call malinga bending his arm....??? then u better check ur eyes too just check out history abt slingy action u will find much more bowlers...... BTW dont get too carried away just coz gayle's 333 WI got in to winning position and it wont happen everyday. what positive else u can take from tht match???

  • gabrialgihan on November 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Its nothing to do with the Lankans.... Bothe the umpires were from overseas and they are the once who have the right to called and the match referee who is not a lankan too... And don't talk too much Gails innings was a coincidence it want happen again for another 5 years at least.Murali was went through with all these tests and got through so no point about talking about murali just because Shane was called for this in Srilanka.And Harsh_Vardhan If srilanka is struggling wonder why they are at Rank 3.You know were were west indies stands in the rankings and how many point are deference between Bangladesh and west indies??? go and check then comment after that if you want.

  • Dominator66 on November 22, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    If all the bowlers from england ,australia, southafrika, and india who had so many suspected actions can play cricket why not wesindies!! its not only the asian who has suspected action so is the west!!!! so open your eyes!!!

  • Vindaliew on November 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    West Indies must not get too overconfident. That 580 was built around a single innings of 333 and not very much else. Good luck to them, and hope that they produce a great team batting effort this time around. The bowling is looking rather encouraging, to be honest!

  • on November 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    why not report malinga , murili and aktar.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on November 22, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    if murli, malinga are allowed to play international cricket, anybody might be allowed to play.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 22, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    With murali retired SL are finding it difficult to save matches in their own backyard( well atleast rains saved them) forget about winning they could not save follow on against novice WI bowling attack wonder when they were last made to follow on.well their chances of improving their record outside sub continent have gone from bad to worse, anyways hope to see full 15 sessions of test cricket and hopefully another gayle masterpiece awaiting

  • on November 22, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    It is irony that Shane has been called for chucking in Sri Lanka of all the places....

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  • on November 22, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    It is irony that Shane has been called for chucking in Sri Lanka of all the places....

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 22, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    With murali retired SL are finding it difficult to save matches in their own backyard( well atleast rains saved them) forget about winning they could not save follow on against novice WI bowling attack wonder when they were last made to follow on.well their chances of improving their record outside sub continent have gone from bad to worse, anyways hope to see full 15 sessions of test cricket and hopefully another gayle masterpiece awaiting

  • passionate_cricket_follower on November 22, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    if murli, malinga are allowed to play international cricket, anybody might be allowed to play.

  • on November 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    why not report malinga , murili and aktar.

  • Vindaliew on November 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    West Indies must not get too overconfident. That 580 was built around a single innings of 333 and not very much else. Good luck to them, and hope that they produce a great team batting effort this time around. The bowling is looking rather encouraging, to be honest!

  • Dominator66 on November 22, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    If all the bowlers from england ,australia, southafrika, and india who had so many suspected actions can play cricket why not wesindies!! its not only the asian who has suspected action so is the west!!!! so open your eyes!!!

  • gabrialgihan on November 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Its nothing to do with the Lankans.... Bothe the umpires were from overseas and they are the once who have the right to called and the match referee who is not a lankan too... And don't talk too much Gails innings was a coincidence it want happen again for another 5 years at least.Murali was went through with all these tests and got through so no point about talking about murali just because Shane was called for this in Srilanka.And Harsh_Vardhan If srilanka is struggling wonder why they are at Rank 3.You know were were west indies stands in the rankings and how many point are deference between Bangladesh and west indies??? go and check then comment after that if you want.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Mr thomas even though shane reported in srilanka its not by sri lankn officials its been called by ICC officials and srilankns. passionate_cricket_follower u better go and learn about cricket if u so passionate abt it. do u call malinga bending his arm....??? then u better check ur eyes too just check out history abt slingy action u will find much more bowlers...... BTW dont get too carried away just coz gayle's 333 WI got in to winning position and it wont happen everyday. what positive else u can take from tht match???

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I always thought it looked like Shane had a *KINK* in his action just as he is about to Deliver his arm looks a bit too bent. Hope its within the regulations it be a shame to lose him....

  • randikaayya on November 22, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    This is no verdict, just a speculation! For the sake of the spirit of the game i hope Shillingford bounces back. many bowlers who have been reported for suspect actions in the recent past corrected themselves and restored their careers!