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'He's proven his point'

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM


WI coach praises Jamaican batsman for fantastic effort

West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has praised the form of Marlon Samuels following the right-hander's outstanding batting in the second Test which finished inside four days at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Samuels scored 117 in the first innings and returned to hit an unbeaten 76 in the second as West Indies slipped to a nine-wicket defeat to go behind 0-2 in the three-Test series.

"He's come on this tour, he spoke to the board and was allowed to miss the Australia series," Gibson told reporters.

"He came on this tour perhaps with a point to prove, and he's proven his point.

"He's played fantastically well in the middle order. He and Shiv (Chanderpaul) have had a lot of work to do and he's done that work exceptionally well."

Samuels has been just one of two batsmen to fire on tour so far, compiling 310 runs at an average of 103, while Chanderpaul has also been among the runs, with 235 runs at an average of 78.

Samuels and captain Darren Sammy have been the only players to manage centuries in the series, both coming in the just-concluded Test in a record 204-run seventh-wicket stand.

Gibson said he was especially pleased for Sammy, whose place in the side had been repeatedly questioned.

"He works very hard, he's an honest cricketer and it's always pleasing when that hard work pays off," said Gibson.

"In his case, the amount of criticism he's been getting, even from some of our own people, makes it even more special for him.

"I was delighted for him, as I was for Marlon as well. But we didn't utilise the hard work they'd done."


Trailing on first innings at Trent Bridge by 58 runs, West Indies collapsed to 61 for six at the end of the third to virtually concede the game, and it was only Samuels' enterprise on yesterday's fourth day that helped the tourists to 165 all out and pushed the game beyond tea.

In the wake of his side's latest performance, Gibson said there was a lot to learn from how England had applied themselves in the series.

"When you are standing in the field, this is part of your learning, watching these guys and learning from them, not just admiring the good shots they play, but watch how they go about building an innings, how they leave balls in the first hour and how they start after lunch," Gibson explained.

"This is something that plagues us as well. We have a good session, we have a break, and then as soon as the break ends, we lose a wicket."

He added: "I think they are a very well-oiled machine. They all know their individual roles."


WEST INDIES 1st innings 370

ENGLAND 1st innings 428

WEST INDIES 2nd Innings

(overnight 61 for six)

A Barath lbw b Anderson 7
K Powell b Anderson 1
D Bravo lbw b Bresnan 22
S Chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11
M Samuels not out 76
+D Ramdin lbw b Bresnan 6
K Edwards lbw b Bresnan 0
D Sammy lbw b Bresnan 25
K Roach lbw b Anderson 7
S Shillingford c Anderson b Swann 0
R Rampaul c Bresnan b Anderson 0
Extras (b1, lb2) 3
TOTAL (all out, 60.1 overs) 61

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Powell), 2-14 (Barath), 3-31 (Chanderpaul), 4-45 (Bravo), 5-61 (Ramdin), 6-61 (Edwards), 7-110 (Sammy), 8-139 (Roach), 9-148 (Shillingford), 10-165 (Rampaul).

Bowling: Anderson 20.1-6-43-4, Broad 17-5-58-1, Swann 6-1-24-1, Bresnan 17-5-37-4.

ENGLAND 2nd Innings

A Strauss c Bravo b Samuels 45
A Cook not out 43
J Trott not out 17
Extras ((b5, nb1) 6
TOTAL (1 wkt, 30.4 overs) 111

Fall of wicket: 1-89 (Strauss).

Bowling: Roach 5-2-16-0, Rampaul 6-2-12-0, Sammy 6-2-32-0, Samuels 5.4-0-18-1, Shillingford 8-1-28-0.

Result: England won by nine wickets.

Series: England take 2-0 winning lead in three-match series.

Man of the Match: Tim Bresnan.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf; TV - Marais Erasmus.