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Samuels not satisfied with Test return

Updated: May 22, 2011, 12:16 PM IST

Basseterre: Marlon Samuels, who made a successful return to the Test cricket with the bat after he was banned for two years for his involvement with bookmakers, is not satisfied with his performance against Pakistan in the ongoing second Test match.

The right-hander scored a classy 57 off 124 balls with seven fours and two sixes, as the West Indies reached 184-8 on the second day of the Second Digicel Test at Warner Park.

The hosts are 88 away from Pakistan’s first innings score of 272, with two wickets in hand.

Left-hander Ravi Rampaul (15 not out) and Kemar Roach (10 not out) will carry the fight into the third day on Sunday. They have so far put together 26 runs for the eighth wicket.

Samuels said he felt he played well for his 10th Test half-century on a pitch, which challenged batsmen on both sides. He however was disappointed he did not go on to get three figures.

“This was my first innings on my return to Test cricket and I conditioned my mind to play a long innings for the team. It was a good feeling to go out there and play the way I did for the team but I’m not totally satisfied,” he said.

“I have been getting big runs since I came back into First Class cricket for Jamaica and I was looking to carry on and go all the way today. I was hitting the ball very well. I came into this match with a lot of runs behind me and my confidence is high,” he added.

Samuels said he has faith that Roach and Rampaul along with last man Devendra Bishoo can get the Windies close to the required target.

West Indies lead the two-match Digicel Test Series 1-0 following their victory by 40 runs in the First Digicel Test at the Guyana National Stadium.

Bureau Report