Sammy’s cameo rattled Clarke and the rest of the Australian team
Australian Test captain, Michael Clarke has admitted that he was nervous of losing the second Test match against the West Indies, especially after Darren Sammy started to score runs at a blistering rate.
Sammy, remained unbeaten on 30 from 26 balls in the West Indies chase of 215, before the match was ended as a draw due to bad weather and light.
Reporters, quoted Clarke as saying: “The facts are that we still could have lost, that’s for sure, the way Darren was batting.”
However, Clarke believes that once he brought his spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Michael Beer on, the West Indies would have been bowled out before reaching their target.
“The West Indies have a pretty strong batting line-up with (Shiv) Chanderpaul in good form. But I was confident with the way the boys bowled in the first innings. I was confident the two spinners could have spun us to victory,” he said.
Clarke also noted that he thought Lyon and Beer were going to be the key bowlers to help Australia win the match.
“I think he (Lyon) was going to play a huge part for us to win the game. I thought both him and Michael Beer were going to have to win us the Test pretty much. They were going to have to bowl in tandem,” he added.
Beer was given the chance to shine with the new ball, while Lyon did not manage to get an over in before the rain came down.
But, Clarke felt as if Lyon would have been the X factor in the match, and said: “He wasn’t far away. He was going to bowl that over [before the rain break] and I imagine for us to have won the game, he would have bowled the whole way through.”