Confident Sammy targets victory
In the build-up to the second Test against Bangladesh Darren Sammy, the West Indies vice-captain, has said the home side is looking for inspiration from their performance in the morning session on the last day of the first Test.
A West Indies team weakened due to the strike action of the region's leading players ran through the Bangladesh tail, taking five wickets for 24 runs early on Monday to give themselves an outside chance of winning before a batting failure led to a 95-run defeat.
"This coming match it will be very important that we repeat the performance of the final morning when we took five wickets in an hour," Sammy said. "We had many positives from the first match and we are really looking forward to levelling the series when we play on Friday."
Sammy was among Bangladesh's main tormentors on the final day in Arnos Vale, finishing with 5 for 70, his second five-wicket haul in Tests. Sammy, a medium-pacer who relies on his accuracy, was hoping for a repeat performance in the second Test.
"Everybody knows I am not an out-and-out attacking bowler who will fire out batsmen. I like to build pressure and try to get among the wickets," he said. "If I can't get a wicket I always hope that the bowler at the other end would be able to capture one. It is all about bowling in partnerships and keeping the batsmen in check.
"[That is] the role I have been asked to do, and I am very comfortable with it. It is the kind of role I perform for the Windward Islands in regional cricket."
The second and final match starts on Friday at St George's with Bangladesh looking to seal their first-ever Test series win. West Indies will again be fielding a second-string side as the dispute between the board and the West Indies Players' Association has still not been resolved.