Marlon Samuels produced an all-round show in the first T20 © Getty Images
Marlon Samuels produced an all-round show in the first T20 © Getty Images

 

Mar 10, 2014

 

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels questioned England’s bowling tactics in the first Twenty20 International at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. The hosts won the match by 27 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

 

“We were surprised that the pitch favoured spin because Bajan pitches are usually known more for their pace but regardless of the pitch and its bounce, we have some pretty good spinners who use the new ball well. I think England will have to go back to the drawing board and reconsider using more spinners,” Samuels was quoted as saying by Cricket365.

 

Samuels scored a quickfire 69 off just 46 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and a six. He produced an all-round show as in the second innings Samuels bagged two for 21 off his four overs to guide his side to a win.

 

“We knew the record of this ground and we wanted to post a total of around 160 or 165. It was good for us to get more than we bargained for. We had a plan and put in an all-round performance and it all came together for us at the end so we have to keep working hard at it and come up with the goods more often than not,” Samuels added.

 

Meanwhile, England  captain Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the remainder of the three-match T20 series against the West Indies due to a knee injury.