Win against England a great morale booster: Sammy

Darren Sammy said the victory at the Oval puts them in a good frame of mind as they travel to Asia Getty Images

London: Sep 27, 2011

West Indies captain Darren Sammy hailed his side’s 25-run victory in the second and final match of their Twenty20 International Series against England, saying it was a big morale-booster ahead of the series in India and Bangladesh.

The skipper said the victory at the Oval Sunday puts them in a good frame of mind as they travel to Asia.

“We needed this,” he said. “This would give the guys a lift, and improve on the belief in the team that if we do the basics well, we can get the results in our favour.”

“One of the guys said, ‘We did not expose their middle in the first match, and if we got one wicket, anything could be possible’. I think once you start well, it gives you confidence,” he said.

“Our fielding improved tremendously. We always ask for a wicket in the field. The work we did Saturday, it really paid off.”

“We still need to do some work on our batting. It has been affecting our game. Rotating the strike and stuff like that. We had a lot of dot balls again, but we are a boundary-hitting team, and if we can rotate the strike, it would be a better performance from us,” he said.

Sammy also praised left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin, whose three wickets for nine runs in four overs swung the match decisively for the West Indies.

“Before we left the dressing room, he told me he would get four wickets, and for just 10 runs,” said Sammy.

“He wasn’t smiling. He wasn’t joking. He was quite serious about what he was saying and he was quite determined to achieve it.”

“He didn’t get four for 10, but the three for nine at the top of the innings did the job for the team and helped us get a remarkable win. It was a really great start to his international career.”

“Under such pressure to open the bowling and deliver in such a convincing way was truly great to see. He is a very confident player. He believes in himself and he always backs his ability.”

Most of the players on this trip return to the Caribbean, but Sammy, Samuels, Bishoo, Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt and Andre Russell leave Monday for Dubai.

There, they will meet other players and have a one-week training camp before moving to Bangladesh for a series of two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 International.(IANS)