Sammy hoping to be ready for Second Test
West Indies captain Darren Sammy is racing against time to ensure he will be fit for the second Test against New Zealand, which bowls off Wednesday (Tuesday evening TT time) in Wellington.
The Caribbean side eked out a draw with the help of the rain after conceding a 396-run first innings deficit against the hosts in the first Test. They saved the match with a second innings effort of 530 runs, on the back of Darren Bravo’s 218, and a fighting 80 from Sammy after he injured his hamstring while bowling.
The St Lucian all-rounder, though, is optimistic that he will be ready for the upcoming Test.
“I think with the combination of our squad, it’s important that I am able to bowl - so I’ll give it my best shot,” the New Zealand Herald quoted Sammy as saying.
For Sammy, the draw felt like a victory, and he is hoping to take some momentum from that into the second Test. He said Bravo’s innings was a boost for the team.
“I guess Darren copied what Ross Taylor did and we batted around him. The key thing was occupying the crease. It is a morale boost for the guys, especially coming from India [where they were thrashed in a two-Test series].
“We all know he’s a class player. He models himself on his cousin Brian [Lara] and I guess even the great Lara would have been proud of that innings.”
The West Indies captain is also hoping to take advantage of weary New Zealand legs, as their bowlers spent more than two days in the field.
“Their bowlers toiled [224 overs in the back-to-back innings] and that’s a lot of yards in the legs. So hopefully we can go into the second Test and they’ll be a bit tired and we will be a fresher team,” he stated.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is concerned about the freshness of his bowlers, but asserted that the Kiwis will still bowl first if they have to.
“It is a little concerning. We’ll see how they pull up,” he said. “They put in a tremendous amount of work over the last few days, but they’re young guys and very fit and strong. I couldn’t ask for any more than what they’ve given,” he said. “[But] we’ll have to think what the right thing is to do at the time as well.”