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Samuels criticised for WI loss
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CMC):
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin has described as "uncalled for" the shot played by stylish middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels that cost him his wicket in the second innings of the third Test against South Africa, which ended yesterday.
After his dismissal, the last six Windies wickets fell for the addition of only 33 runs, as the Caribbean side plunged from 184 for four to 215 all out.
Samuels, who top-scored with 74, went through a phase in which he scored only four runs from 28 balls, before attempting to go big down the ground only to be caught at mid-on.
"Not really harsh words, but one of our senior batters to play a shot like that when he was in, it was an uncalled-for shot," Ramdin told journalists at the post-game news conference.
"He was one of the guys who was set and could have gone on and make (sic) a difference today for us. Himself and Chanderpaul (50), they had a good partnership. It was difficult for a new batter to come in and face those deliveries."
Referring to Samuels' dismissal, coach Stuart Williams said: "I think we just missed the moment. That's the moment in the game where everything fell away.
"This is international cricket and we just have to seize the moment. You have to respect your opposition at all times and we didn't do that."
Samuels remains the highest run-scorer for West Indies in South Africa for a second tour in succession.
Australia 348-2 on first day
David Warner scored an emotional century and shared a 200-run opening stand with Chris Rogers as Australia blunted India's bowling attack yesterday on the first day of the fourth Test.
Warner smashed 101 and made a tribute to late teammate Phillip Hughes and Rogers compiled an eventful 95 as the openers went on the attack after captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India received no respite later in the day as Smith (82 not out) and Shane Watson combined for a 144-run partnership to guide Australia to 348-2.