Australian captain, Steve Smith has said that inform West Indies’ batsman Marlon Samuels can pose a serious threat to his side’s title ambitions in the final of the tri-series.
Samuels has been a constant threat for Australia during this series, scoring a match-winning 92 in St Kitts and a brilliant 125 in a loosing cause at Kensington Oval.
Following his century, the batsman, who is known for his hot headedness, said that on-field confrontation motivates him to give his best on the field.
“I’ve been saying that over the years,” he said when asked if words on the field make him more determined.
“Most time I came out to bat, nobody had anything to say and I don’t perform that well. But then somebody has something to say, I want to stay out there longer to see how long he can talk.”
Talking about strategy to stop Samuels, Smith said that his team would like to perform rather than talking. The right-hander said that his team has devised strategies to stop the dangerous batsman.
“Hopefully, we can just let our actions do the talking,” Smith said.
“He’s obviously been in pretty good nick this series, particularly against us scoring a 90 and a hundred.
“He’s done pretty well so we’ve talked about a few things with him. He’s got the capability to be dangerous as we’ve seen, so hopefully we’ll be able to get him out early.”
Smith also downplayed his on-field altercation with Windies allrounder Pollard during Australia’s six-wicket win earlier in the week. While batting, Smith asked Pollard to take off the white strapping tape the allrounder had to help protect an injury he’s been carrying throughout the series. After Pollard’s refusal to get rid of the tape, the on-field umpires intervened and denied Smith’s request. However, the Australian captain said there was nothing malicious in his conversation with Pollard.
“He doesn’t mind a chat but that’s alright, that’s part of the game,” Smith said of the 29-year-old Trinidadian.
“That was just a little thing with the tape on his hand. I don’t think he goes looking for any trouble or anything like that, it was just the way I saw it at the time.
“I didn’t pick the first couple of balls up out of the hand and wanted him to take off the tape and the umpires deemed it to be OK. That’s fine, get on with it “It’s not like he was bowling with any great pace or anything like that so you’ve just got to watch the ball as closely as possible and I got through it in the end.”