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

'This one's definitely for Jamaica' - Samuels

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August 5, 2012

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Marlon Samuels made 123 before he was dismissed, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 2nd day, August 3, 2012
Marlon Samuels made 123 and 52 in West Indies' victory in Jamaica © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography
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"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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Posted by   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.

Posted by livekrish 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

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

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

Posted by snbirdi on (August 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Jamaica JAMAICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ... hell ya maaaan!

Posted by jezzastyles 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by drice 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.

Posted by obatsalem1979 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.

Posted by SamDominique 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!

Posted by Alexk400 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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 6, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

If Marlon performs well at T20 world cup he could be player of the yr or players player the guy has made an incredible comeback to international cricket

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 6, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

Samuels always showed lots of test cricket brain. He should not mingle with Gayle & co because drug , women , betting and partying will make him make more mistakes. When he played against india tour of WI 2007 he showed so much promise. He should follow gentleman behaviour of kallis , dravid and built a new WI team that fights tooth and nail in Test. All west indies need is a great swing bowler support Roach. I don't know why roach is erratic. Some time he bowls well some time he does n't. taylor , edwards also erratic. What West Indies really need Tall bowlers. Because i find short bowlers are erratci because too much energy they have to spent to get enough speed. Tall bowlers use less energy to get desired bounce and speed. I think cricket is belonged to tall bowlers. Except malcolm marshall all short bowlers did not become legend.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

wi has beaten the lowly nz but if wi believes they are at the top of the mountain they are sadly mistaken,the wicb must make the team better. sammy who played as the #$4 bowler in the test matches was a failure as such and needs to left out of the test side so the team can have a geniune #4 attacking bowler. pollard needs to be consistent ,he and barath must fight for the opening spot with gayle,fuddadin and darren bravo must do the same for the #3 spot. this will make things interesting and keep everyone on their toes. changes sammy is not atest player much less a test captain.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Good Job Windies...keep it up. I think Sammy is doing a good Job!!!

Posted by muski on (August 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

As a great lover of the erstwhile Windies teams of the 70 and 80's, this certainly is a shot in the arm for the carribean boys. For all the flak Sammy gets, lets give the devil its due. There are some genuine match winners in this team. Though a die hard Indian Cricket fan, I would like to see the Windies win the T20 world cup which probably would give the required impetus for reviving cricket in thei land. Usai Bolt and co are doing their best to see that the youngsters from Carribean dont go anywhere near cricket. Only time will tell if Cricket survives in the Windies.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

RiSinG fRoM tHe AsHes................! Weldone WinDies.! hErE we Come,BewAre of it. Well deserved victory windies.

Posted by mrhamilton on (August 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

This lost generation of Windians drafted in at an early age to a side in deep decline in terms of standards, temprament and motivation is finally at a late stage starting to mature and perform. Its not too late for Samuels to go down a windies legend, another such guy Best will find it very hard at 30 as an out and out quick same 4 edwards. For now one of them must pair Roach while the new guys like johnson are bought in to this winning culture. There is finally scope for a good looking first X11 with proffesional guys like rampaul, bishoo,Barath and edwards ready to fill in. But the batting spine of Gayle, Bravo jnr, Samuels, Chanders now looks good. Roach sorely needs a decent out and out fast partner, and SAMMY simply simply must be at 6

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Congratulations to Captain Sammy and team. The coach must continue to sharpen the bowling attack. With Bravo back at #3 and Sammy putting some patience in his batting down the order should be good enough for India,Pakistan,South Africa and Austrailaia.

Posted by denessa on (August 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

CONGRATS WINDIES.....KEEP THE WINNING SPIRIT.....

Posted by Frocktail on (August 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

It's been a long time coming. Big up WICB, the selectors, coach, management team and CAPTAIN SAMMY. This team is like a well oil machine. Everyone is playing a part at sometime or the other. I always said, if we could only play as a team we will win many more matches. One person making 125 and the team getting out for 225 is not going to win many or any matches. Getting 20 wickets was what the selectors were thinking about. This is not the case where Fidel or Rampaul must play in the final XI as long as they are breathing. This was about getting the combination right. Time for the back stabbers to get off CAPTAIN SAMMY'S back. He has brought this team together and needs all the support from players and fans alike for us to continue our winning ways. Well done boys!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Well played Marlon...fan from India !

Posted by gnaniramchand on (August 6, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

I am really happy to see the Windies on top, especially in the recently concluded series against NZ. Hats off to you WINDIES for the spectacular series win against NZ. As a fan of Windies, I am really proud of you. Wish you all the best for future series. I hope, my ambition of WINDIES becoming world's No.1, will be fulfilled in the near future.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Samuels' batting is a thing of beauty nowadays. My word to Marlon is to continue doing what ever you are doing and don't over complicate your thoughts . Its sad when as soon as a player makes some runs people want to make him captain. Captaincy isn't about cricketing skill its about the ability to lead and influence. Too bad WI didn't leave Kirk Edward as just a player maybe he would still be our # 3... Marlon looks a class act and i wish him the best.

Posted by 777aditya on (August 6, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

well played West Indies - you deserve much more!

Posted by SwingandSeam on (August 6, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Great win for Windies. I agree with DBCHOSEN1, and Sammy is more of a batsman than attacking seamer. He should bat at 6,with perhaps Fudadin to make way. Russell in at No 8, and Johnson in for the erratic Best. Opener slot between Darren Bravo and Powell. Ramdin is not really good enough. Think his note to Viv has heaped too much pressure on himself. When is next Windies Test? Itiinery does not look finalised.

Posted by mansoor777 on (August 6, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Mr. Samuel is one the Best and True Temperament Player in Curent west Indian Team. he reminds me most of Carl Hooper. He has long way to Go. west Indies team will be team to defeat in T20 world Cup as This Improving day by day.

Posted by afs_talyarkhan on (August 6, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

for jamaica to produce so many champion athletes and cricketers with a population of THREE MILLION - that puts a lot of things into perspective! ;-)

Posted by atin45 on (August 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

West Indian team is playing very well these days , with the come back of Gayle and Samuels they have really flourished. Each member of the team has contributed in some or the other way and made sure that their team wins.

Posted by Hardy1 on (August 6, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Good to see West Indies finally secure some wins, but New Zealand need to go back to the drawing board. For cricket to move forward we really do need these two teams at the top of their games in the longer format.

Posted by Hridoy_77 on (August 6, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

This one's definitely for Jamaica. Yea, This is the day for Jamaica. Gold & Silver Medal in 100m sprint for male and Gold & Bronze medal in 100m sprint for Female.

Posted by DBCHOSEN1 on (August 6, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Sammy is playing a good role as captain. He is proving that he's more a batting allrounder than a 3rd seamer so he should placed in the top 6 and let a genuine all rounder bat a 8. By genuine all rounder i mean Andre Russell who has good pace and is very capable with the bat. He should be considered for all formats of the games and things should work out well. Also the isuue of Sammy's place in the team will be settled. Sammy has done a faboulus job as captain and we forward, with the help of the Almighty God, to rise to be the top again.

Posted by Gizza on (August 6, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

What an amazing few days for Jamaica. Celebrating a home Test win and 50th independence day and having two of the fastest men on the planet! I can understand why partying is so integral to their culture!

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (August 6, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

@puroniks - that's a funny comment really...so, you show up and care enough to post a comment on a series that "no one cares"? really funny... if you don't care why bother reading or posting on it...after a long time west indies are playing well and, more importantly, playing as a team, let them be...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Say what you want about Darren Sammy but he is averaging 40 with the bat in 2012 with a century and 2 50's even in this match he made a valuable contribution. Not since Richie Richardson has a Carrabien captain been able to bring the islands together like Darren Sammy is right now. Nash should be batting 3 ahead of Fuddadin.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

west indies cricket board>>>>>pls leave this team intact

Posted by Jimmers on (August 6, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Good day for Jamaica today

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

He's a different player now very happy for that charming man!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

sammy actualli contributed quite well..:/... jus relax ppl as wesi indies will be goin bk up

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

What was sammys contributuon? Maybe Samuel should be the captain if Indies need to pick its best bowler

Posted by Aristotle01 on (August 5, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

there was a series on between these two teams? Wow Noone really knew about this as noone really cared.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 5, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

A fine performance by Darren Sammy's side, and welcome relief at long last for us Windies fans. The Kiwis fought hard and bowled well during the first innings, but the home side had enough to get home relatively comfortably in the end, having dominated the first test last week in Antigua. It is a shame that this isn't a three match series, as I, like Sammy, am getting used to this winning...and boy does it feel good! Well done guys, can't wait for the next test series to begin. Deserved M.O.T.M. and M.O.T.S. awards too, Samuels and Roach respectively have performed admirably.

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