Watson: Full marks to Doherty

Kingstown, St Vincent -- Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty will take the plaudits for his fine spell of controlled slow bowling, coming back well after being hit for three sixes in his first over by Marlon Samuels, as Australia won the first Digicel One-Day International on Friday.

“It was a great way to start the tour… we know that on this surface we had a decent enough score. “They had a period with (Dwayne) Bravo and Samuels going after us but we had talked before that if we kept up some sustained pressure they could self-destruct a bit and they did that,” Australian skipper Shane Watson told reporters.

While Watson was delighted with George Bailey making the top score of 48 in his first ODI, he was full of praise for Doherty’s response to being blasted out of the attack. He ended with 4-49 off eight overs.

“Xavier has improved, he has just developed his cricket over the last couple of years and now he has a number of different game plans that he can go to,” Watson added.

“For me as a captain, he really is a pleasure to skipper because he knows that if things don’t go exactly right he has always got another way to be successful and he did that today with four wickets at a really crucial time”.

The bright spot for West Indies were the all-round performances of Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, who both did well with bat and ball. Sammy remained upbeat.

“We are very disappointed. Hopefully we can bounce back in the second match. We have two more games here and we have a history of getting better as a series goes on.”

The two teams observed a minute’s silence prior to the start of the match in honour of Runako Morton after the former Leeward Islands captain and West Indies batsman died in a car crash two weeks ago.

The second match of the Digicel ODI series is also at Arnos Vale on Sunday.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:51