Ramdin critical of Samuels’ shot selection


West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin was disappointed with his side's batting in the first Test against Australia in Dominica, as they lost by nine wickets, saying the line-up did not concentrate on their shot selections.

He was particularly annoyed with veteran all-rounder Marlon Samuels, who had batted so well on day five to rescue the knock, but then played a silly hook shot with his score on 74 to be caught in the deep, and from there the batting collapsed.

The skipper said after the game: "That was a bad shot, a bad time. We lost a wicket in the over before and he got sucked into that short ball again. Hopefully he can not let it happen in the near future."

Ramdin was keen not to discuss Shiv Chanderpaul being dropped, saying the current side had enough talent to do the job if they played to their fullest: "His decision was made and we have to just move on with it.

"His experience is countless but we have to move on. We'll try to take the positives out of this game and move forward. They're a good unit and we need to play a lot more tougher cricket.

"When we're in positions of strength we need to carry that on. That partnership with Marlon and young Dowrich, they could have taken it to probably 200-plus. It has been a very difficult pitch to start, but guys who got starts went on. Adam Voges got a start and made a big hundred for his team."

Of Dowrich, who made 70 in the second innings on debut, Ramdin added: "Young Dowrich did well for himself so far.

"If he could have gone on to get a hundred today it would have been brilliant. It's something he can learn from. He has stood up against one of the best bowling lineups in the world."