West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Kingston, 4th day August 5, 2012

'This one's definitely for Jamaica' - Samuels

ESPNcricinfo staff

"Nothing difficult right now as I had two years of runs put down," said Marlon Samuels after his Man-of-the-Match winning performance in the second Test in his country Jamaica, which also sealed a 2-0 series win for West Indies. Samuels was alluding to his two-year absence from cricket as a result of a ban for alleged links to an Indian bookmaker.

Samuels, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, dedicated the victory, during which he scored 123 and 52, to his country. "Most definitely, this is for Jamaica, the die-hard fans."

West Indies secured their first series win against a team other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in the last three years. They conceded a 51-run lead in the first innings, when Samuels took them closer to the New Zealand score with a century, but bowled out their opponents for 154 in the second and completed a chase of 206 on the fourth day. "It's a feeling we are getting used to, and it feels quite good," West Indies captain Darren Sammy said. "The way Marlon held the innings together in both innings, that spell from Narsingh [Deonarine, who picked up four wickets in the second innings] yesterday, the performances are coming from different players at different times, that's the hallmark of a good team.

"We have bowled them out every time we have played them this series, the efforts of Tino [Best, who took two wickets in the first hour of play] yesterday morning set the tone for us. Last year or two has been tough for us, we are going to celebrate this day, but it is about continuous hard work."

Kemar Roach was named the Man of the Series for his 12 wickets at 18.25. He picked up seven wickets in the first Test, five in the second and made an attacking 41 in West Indies' chase in Jamaica as nightwatchman. "Of course as a fast bowler I'd like faster, bouncier wickets," he said. Roach, despite his success, has had problems with the no-ball. "I have a couple of weeks off, will spend it with the coach (working on the no-ball problems)."

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  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    on a positive note hat's off to the coaching staff and the west indies cricketing team,on a job well done with deep anticipation i look forward to our winning ways we will always have the talent,experience and mental grit is another story.happy that some saw it fit to put personal isseus aside and select the capable players for the job,and yes it is nice to see that not any one particular player stood out,but it was an alround performance.

  • krishnan on August 7, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    good job done by WI. this will keep the west indies to compete better in international cricket arena... team effort prevails.. all the best

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Well done WI!!!! Keep it up the good work. From a WI fan of SL.

  • Nick on August 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Jamaica JAMAICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ... hell ya maaaan!

  • Jeremy on August 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Great to see a resurgent WI side - keep up the good work and continue the trend - world cricket needs a strong WI. Congratulations to Marlon Samuels. Gayle got all the kudos in the 1st test, and Samuels deserves them in the 2nd test. Both were outcasts not so long ago....it's a wonderful game indeed. Good luck to both teams in the future.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    As soon as Chris Gayle comes back West Indies start winning again. I knew this would be the case. Great work by Samuels and Roach as well.

  • I on August 6, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @SamDominique. The lack of crowd at this last game was predictable and typical of WICB bad planning (remember the Fudadhin & Deonarine disaster). Play a test match in Jamaica to coincide with the men and women's 100m Olympic finals. The surprise is that there were any local supporters at all at that game. If you must clash with the Olympics at least pick a different territory man.

  • obat on August 6, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    nice to see the team win a series,but wi still have alot of work to do....thought wi missed a trick by not picking an extra fast bowler,since wi had deonarine,gayle and samuels all capable of turning their arms over,so narine could have been rested after bowling so many overs in antigua.

    in the end it did not matter since wi got nz out in both innings,but we also saw how much pressure nz put on wi batsmen in the 1st inns,which meant the runs nz got in the 1st inns should have been less,if wi had a strike bowler,say edwards,coming on as 1st change and not the medium pace of sammy.

    i just hope in the future,wi see the selectors picking an 11 to suit each pitch.

  • Sam on August 6, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    CONGRATS WEST INDIES ON YOUR SUPERB TEAM EFFORT! That's a tonic, a Bolt of lightening charging up our pride!

    What a shame to see West Indians still bashing each other in victory - same as in defeat. Come on guys. Get a grip! The old days of 'big-islandism' is gone - never to return, so get over it. Sammy may not fit the mold of the classic top order batsman-captain we're accustomed with, but he works hard, leads unselfishly and keeps the teams moving from strength to strength. After all man, at some point we have to grow up and give jack his jacket...

    How about we focus on getting more people to game? - and see which venues really support West Indies cricket!

  • Alex on August 6, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    I really want to see West Indies of 1980s. They really must find Tall fats bowlers. I think most go play baseball in USA i think. With IPL , they can make big money in cricket also. West indies have decent bowlers..not penetrating bowlers who take out openers...If usain bolt run and bowl ..that would be awsome.

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