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Samuels defends Windies youngsters, hails Test side’s fightback

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 4:14 PM

LONDON, (CMC):

Experienced Jamaican batsman Marlon Samuels was full of praise for the West Indies team following their recent win in their Test series against England and also came to the defence of the players. 

Samuels believes the squad came in for unfair criticism following their heavy defeat in the opening Test but feels the players should be given time to show their quality.

The Windies got off to a terrible start in their series after being destroyed inside three days by an innings and 209 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

They bounced back to surprise the hosts by five wickets in the second Test at Headingley last week, after remarkably chasing down 322 on the final day. It was their first Test match win against England in that country in 17 years.

The young Windies side came under heavy criticism following the first Test defeat, when they lost 19 wickets on the third day to be dismissed for 168 and 137.

“West Indies are not on top and playing the best but the media is too critical, they need to give these youngsters a chance because not every player starts out at the top of their game," Samuels said.

“In history there are greats who started slow, and players who started fast and never last,” the 36-year-old Jamaican said.

West Indies face England in the decisive third Test at Lord’s starting Thursday.

Samuels, who played the last of his 71 Tests last November, will be a part of the Windies one-day side who arrive here later this month for a five-match series.