West Indies v India, only Twenty20, Trinidad June 4, 2011

Sammy disappointed with slow pitch


Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, was unhappy with the nature of the slow, turning Port of Spain track prepared for the one-off Twenty20 against India, and said such pitches would play into the visitors' hands.

"We had the same experience against Pakistan," Sammy said after his side's 16-run defeat. "Even then the pitches supported them. It's a home series but it feels like … the pitches are out of our control. We can only ask what we want but it's up to the groundsman to prepare it."

During the 2010 World T20 West Indies defeated India in Barbados on a bouncy track. They used the short ball well to pin India back then, and Sammy said that they had asked for similar strips for this series as well. "We have requested for bouncy pitches, but as I said we don't prepare the pitches."

Today, though, it wasn't the pitch that defeated them. They had India wobbling at 56 for 4 from 8.4 overs but loosened their grip. It's a trait that West Indies have been guilty of in the recent past as they have rarely controlled games through to the conclusion, and it came back to haunt them again today.

"We stuck at it to start with but I would say we let them get 20 runs too many and in the end that made the difference in the match," Sammy said. "We did some good things today but as we reflect on the match we would all agree that we let a few situations get away from us.

"We have to work harder at winning those crucial situations, which can turn a match, especially in the shortest version of the game. It was a good decision to field first after winning the toss, but we didn't restrict them to the total we wanted."

Their slow batting hurt them further and it's bound to get tougher if they continue playing on these sluggish tracks. Their innings included fifty dot balls and it was a trend Sammy said they will have to change if they are to be more competitive. He admitted that the problem stemmed from their struggles against spin, and said they were trying to improve.

"Desmond Haynes has been working hard with the batsmen," Sammy said. "They are slowly getting better at it and we hope they will translate that hard work in the nets out in the middle. It's about confidence and having belief in yourself against spin. You have to use your feet against the spinners. They are working hard."

Sammy praised the batting efforts efforts of Christopher Barnwell and Danza Hyatt, whose unbeaten sixth-wicket 50-run partnership, gave the hosts a glimmer of hope towards the end of their chase.

"It was great to see how Barnwell played and tried his best to keep us in the hunt. He got some great help from Hyatt there at the end. It was nice to see the guys showing the confidence and self-belief required."

He was optimistic about the ODI series that starts on Monday. "Our bowling attack is looking good and the 50-over format gives more time to the batsmen. We won our last two ODIs and we shall carry that momentum forward.

Sammy said the return of Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo to the one-day squad will aid in West Indies' revival. "It's nice to have those three experienced players back in our side. We have a bit of momentum with our one-day side after that series against Pakistan, so hopefully we can exploit that."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    manoj tiwary should be drafted into the side at any cost

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    pollard shpuld no way b included for d odi series........a player whoo lacks temperament n technique......an insult to the word "all rounder"......understably hes that explosive kind of batsman but hes no yusuf pathan who can have some consistency in his game............pollards bowling is highly mediocre.....ipl 2011 jz shows he flopped as a t20 batsman.....dunno y hes included in d odi series den....

  • Satish on June 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Sammy's problems with the pitches will further be compounded if he looks closely at the itinerary. They next play India in the ODIs at Port of Spain, Trinidad, India's favourite West Indian Venue. Otherwise, so to speak, India's Caribean record is pathetic, but their record in Trinidad is better comparatively.

    If Sammy has a problem with the Itinerary and the nature of the pitches, I believe he should call Ernest Hillarie (WICB President), rather than vent it out with the media. Knowing the West Indies Board's rudimentary stance towards player's interviews they might gag Sammy from appearing in front of the media.

  • Dominic on June 5, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Sammy is bowling well and deserves to be in the team. Is he a Captain? Oh no, he can help the future captain motivate the players that should be his role when selected. If the management are so adecshort sighted and cannot see that they killing the game in the carribean it would not be long before they lose their test status. The WIPA and WICA both should look at what has been happening for more than a decade ang do the right thing. RESIGN!!!

  • boy on June 5, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Gosh WI make use of 'home advantage' Good news for them is that Sammy the much mocked/scrutinized captain of WI once again proved his metal. He showed why he should be in the playing 11 as he was the best bowler for WI. Don't back down WI, the Indian win IMO was a fluke. My money is on WI to win the ODI series 4-1 and win the test series 1-0. Go West Indies!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @mkshark: then dont forget your words when the whites and the windies tour here and get ready for the dust bowls..no need to make any excuses...

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Sammy can only get wickets on unpredictable wickets. He shouldnt be complaining. Sure Pollard and Bravo will strengthen the team, but if you have a captain as bad as Sammy, you are never going to win anything against the No.1 team in the world. Sammy should step aside and make room for far better players.

  • Vipin on June 5, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I think the bouncy tracks will give confidence to the Indian bowling attack, India is right at the top after winning the world cup, they can hardly put a foot wrong, it willl be a good challange for the West Indies batters rather. However, the inclusion of the experienced players will be an added advantage.

  • Dominic on June 5, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    As far as i am concerned W.I.have no idea of how to use the referral system and must learn to adapt themselves to the various forms of cricket played currently. D

  • martand on June 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    well in sammy's defence,this isn't just a dumb excuse but a valid point;every country should have a distinct home advantage,play on pitches which suit them instead of the opposition or else what is the difference between home and away contest;like when u tour england,u expect swinging conditions and juicy wickets;australia will always serve hard and fast tracks,so will saf;and like wise you face turning tracks in the subcontinent.Its the challenge of facing a condition and atmosphere alien to you that creates interest and makes the victories more memorable.everybody still goes back to 1971 when we discuss ind vs wi and not 2006,aus 2004 was special,so was england 1971,1986,2007 because those were hard fought victories in difficult conditions;now i once read a former WI legend saying that you have to be blind nowadays to miss a delivery in carribean;from that to a pitch turning square in the 10th over is a sea change and u can't expect sammy and company to perform in such condition!!

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