The Australians were simply too good for the West Indians in Dominica as the visitors wrapped up the first test within three days itself. Battling hard to save the test on the third day, Marlon Samuels and Shane Dowrich resisted well before a flurry of wickets sealed their fate.
Skipper Dinesh Ramdin wasn’t too pleased with senior batsman Marlon Samuels as the latter’s wicket triggered a collapse for the hosts. Ramdin hoped that had Samuels stuck in with Dowrich and others, the hosts could have given the Australians a tricky target.
Samuels was well settled before he mistimed a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson, which landed straight to fine leg. The experienced batsman got out in a similar fashion in the first innings. “That was a bad shot, a bad time,” Ramdin said. “We lost a wicket in the over before and he got sucked into that short ball again. Hopefully he cannot let it happen in the near future.”
Ramdin also spoke about the squad for the second test and said that the team would be retained for the Jamaica test. The West Indies test skipper also hoped that Samuels could take a leaf out of Shiv Chanderpaul’s book and said, “His decision was made and we have to just move on with it,” Ramdin said. “His experience is countless but we have to move on. We’ll try to take the positives out of this game and move forward. They’re a good unit and we need to play a lot more tougher cricket.”
“When we’re in positions of strength we need to carry that on. That partnership with Marlon and young Dowrich, they could have taken it to probably 200-plus. It has been a very difficult pitch to start, but guys who got starts went on. Adam Voges got a start and made a big hundred for his team,” said Ramdin.
Ramdin praised young Dowrich and said, “Young Dowrich did well for himself so far.” “If he could have gone on to get a hundred today it would have been brilliant. It’s something he can learn from. He has stood up against one of the best bowling lineups in the world.”