'Lucky arm' Samuels happy to be back

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All-rounder Marlon Samuels was pleased to mark his return to the Test team with career-best figures, as the West Indies took early command of their series opener against Zimbabwe in Bridgetown on Tuesday.

All-rounder Marlon Samuels was pleased to mark his return to the Test team with career-best figures, as the West Indies took early command of their series opener against Zimbabwe in Bridgetown on Tuesday.

Samuels snared a haul of four for 13 alongside fellow spinner Shane Shillingford's three for 58, to reduce the tourists to 211 all out – after which the Windies responded with 18 for two.

Sidelined from the recent limited-overs series against the same opposition, after sustaining a facial injury during the Big Bash League – Australia's premier domestic Twenty20 tournament, Samuels welcomed a successful return.

"Cricket for me is basically fun, with batting, fielding, bowling. Whenever I get a chance to bowl I enjoy it. They call me 'lucky arm' now, I've been picking up some wickets recently. I'm just having fun and enjoying being back in international cricket," he enthused.

"There was some wonderful bowling by Shillingford. He showed that the slower you bowled on the wicket you could also get some bounce as well and he did a great job.

"After Zimbabwe faced our fast bowlers, maybe they became a bit relaxed against our slower bowlers. Everyone was looking for us to blast out the Zimbabwe batsman, but that didn't happen."

The Windies' reply wasn't very convincing, with opener Kieran Powell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach falling to consecutive deliveries from visiting seamer Kyle Jarvis. Samuels, though, looked forward to the remainder of the order – himself included – succeeding on a testing pitch come day two at the Kensington Oval.

"A couple of balls were very quick and a couple held up, so it's a pitch where you have to apply yourself and runs will come. If you work hard as a batsman you'll get some runs," he added.

"Runs on the board are already on the board. So we need to get past Zimbabwe's total first and then we'll see where it goes from there."

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