2nd Test: Samuels helps West Indies recover against England

For two sessions on the opening day of the second Test, West Indies batting was subjected to torrid bowling from England. The script changed significantly however when Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy took charge to end the day with the visitors on a respectable 304/6.

updated: May 26, 2012 00:31 IST
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Trent Bridge: For two sessions, West Indies, debilitated by the IPL, were routinely preyed upon by England. Six wickets down for 138 shortly before tea, their plight was there for all to see. Things were so bad, it was hard to be optimistic about the future for West Indies Test cricket. Then Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy organised a recovery that made a mockery of what had gone before.


The Trent Bridge pitch went flat and England, so close to achieving what would surely have been an impregnable position, went flatter. By the close their stand was worth 167 runs in 41 overs. Samuels commands respect and received warm handshakes after reaching his third Test hundred. Sammy relished driving England's bowlers to distraction especially James Anderson, whose frustrated commentary on his unorthodoxy led the umpire, Aleem Dar, to intervene.

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