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Samuels aims to unleash 'full potential'

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Samuels

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is expressing pleasure at being recalled to the regional outfit.

The 33-year-old, who was dropped from the team in June, was on Tuesday recalled by the new Clive Lloyd-led West Indies selection panel for the team's upcoming tour of India.

"It's always a wonderful feeling to wear the maroon and gold (colours) of the West Indies," said Samuels.

"The journey continues and my story continues and, going forward, the intention is to go out there and put in the work."

Samuels, the 2012 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, was dropped from the West Indies Test team after scoring a double 'ducks' (0,0) during the first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park.

This followed a series of low Test, and to a lesser extent, one-day international scores on tours of India and New Zealand late last year.

He hit a century against Pakistan and two half centuries in the one-day international series leading up to his omission.

"I saw it (exclusion) as an opportunity for me to go back and reflect on my life and my talent, while at the same time putting in some hard work," he remarked.

"I have also had a few injuries so I took the time to recover. But I am fit again and I am back and hopefully I will be able to continue the good work I have done in the past."

Samuels, who is set to play a lead role in the team, especially given the absence of Chris Gayle who is still injured, also expressed that he hopes to make a solid impression on his return.

Set the record straight

"I am looking at staying on another two or three years to go hard and set the record straight with my talent," he said.

"I still believe I haven't shown my full potential as yet. I had some good seasons consistently, but there is a lot to come. Brian Lara's world record, for example, is still on my mind."

Samuels currently averages 34.68 from 52 Tests and 31.35 from 159 one-day internationals.

The West Indies are down to contest five one-dayers while in India, with the first set for October 8.

They will then face the hosts in a solitary Twenty20 international before rounding off the tour with three Test matches.