Sammy: We're giving it our all!
Kandy, Sri Lanka – After the 2nd Test match where the West Indies earned a draw at the R Premadasa International Stadium, West Indies captain Darren Sammy reflected on the team's effort and also looked ahead to the third and decisive Test, which bowls off at the new Pallekele Stadium in Kandy on Wednesday. First ball is 10 am Wednesday (12.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.30 pm Tuesday Jamaica Time).
“We came away with a draw and eventhough we did not play as well as we felt we could in this match we are happy to be still in the series with one match left. It’s nil-all with one match to go so there’s all to play for. We will be giving it our all and we know the Sri Lanka will be coming hard at us as well.”
“We had a really great match in Galle and we also had some positives in the second match. Darren Bravo played really well in just his second Test match and he has put his hand up. He has demonstrated the ability to bat under pressure. Carlton Baugh also played well in the first innings to get to his second Test fifty and hold the lower half of the innings together. In the Sri Lanka first innings Kemar Roach bowled his heart out and he continues to do the job for us everytime.
“It is good that we can go into the final Test match with a big chance of winning the series. I would say we are taking baby steps in achieving the progress that we are looking for. It’s a long-term goal. You don’t change overnight. You have a process. I must say that our work ethic has been excellent. Even the fight we showed this afternoon, even though we lost two wickets, it’s good to see that we are thinking of the fans at home. They are waking up at early hours to watch this game. From the reports we have got, they are quite happy to see the fight the team is putting up. All in all, these baby steps are building towards our main goal, we need to keep improving.”
“Obviously in any cricket, whether it is Test, T20 or ODI, they say catches win matches. The extra moment of brilliance could really change the game. We haven’t been able to capitalise on the half chances our bowlers created, but all in all, we could work on and correct and we can improve.”
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