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Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Pallakele
December 5, 2010
Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, was happy to see his inexperienced side settle for a 0-0 draw against Sri Lanka despite bad weather hampering the three-Test series. "When we left, we said we will settle for a draw or a win. Despite the weather, which has been totally out of our control, the one Test match where we had five days of cricket (at Galle) we basically dominated," Sammy said.
"We all like to see cricket being played. When we left, everyone said 15 days of good competitive Test cricket. But that was not to be due to the weather. It can be frustrating. Sometimes you are on and off. You prepare yourself mentally then you know you have to be focused again. But as professionals, you do a job whenever you are called up."
Sammy said West Indies took a lot of positives out of the series and were looking to build on them for the future. One of the positives was the batting of debutant Darren Bravo who made fifties in each of the three Tests in his maiden series. "Young Bravo scoring fifties in all three Tests. The bowling of Kemar Roach, the batting of Chris Gayle and the whole fighting spirit the team showed are positives for us throughout the series."
"The way we went out and played one of the top three sides it was good coming down to Sri Lanka and doing well. When I left home, we knew it was going to be a tough series. But the players have made my job very easy."
Captaining West Indies for the first time was an honour, Sammy said, but felt that there was scope for progress on all fronts. "The cricket we played there were a lot of positives but there is still a lot of room for improvements. I am learning to do my job efficiently and I would like to see personal improvements."
Sammy said that his team would now concentrate on trying to win the five-match one-day series which commences at Hambantota on December 9. "Sri Lanka is coming after a series win in Australia for the first time. It's another opportunity for us to show what we are capable of doing."