Sammy bothered by West Indies batting
Darren Sammy has told his batsmen to up their game or see the side suffer another Test series defeat at the hands of England.
West Indies travel to face Andrew Strauss and Co following their 75-run loss to Australia in Dominica, which meant another series loss: 2-0 in the
The Windies had their moments but once again failed to get the result all the promise in the side demands. And once again the batting line-up failed to fire with most of the runs coming from the bat of living legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul - a veteran who won’t be around for ever.
Openers Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite managed just one half-century between them in the three matches, while Darren Bravo made only one fifty and Kieran Powell’s top score from four knocks was 40.
And that’s got skipper Sammy worried ahead of the three-Test clash in England against the world’s No.1 side.
“The top six is where we should get the bulk of the runs,” Sammy said.
“Shiv [Chanderpaul] batted really well for us again but we didn’t have consistent contributions from everyone there. We have youngsters at the top and like Shiv said, they’re learning their skill at the international level. “With more experience hopefully things could get better,” he added.
However, Sammy knows as well as anyone that touring England during early summer is possibly the last place brittle batsmen want to play.
Indeed, one promising, but out of touch, batter hasn’t been chosen for the tour such is the worry over whether he will be able to score in swinging, seaming conditions.
The 19-year-old Brathwaite will return to the A-team for their series against India rather than be exposed to England’s full strength attack on next month’s tour.
“He’s definitely one for the future for us. He’s out of form and in England, where the ball tends to swing a bit more, this series he was getting out to the swinging ball a lot,” Sammy said of the youngster.
“[But] at the end of the day [in England] it’s up to each individual to go out and do what is necessary for the team and to try to perform and score runs.”