West Indies captain Darren Sammy said that his team didn't play as well as they should have in the second test against Sri Lanka at Colombo which concluded yesterday, Nov 27. He did admit that the inclement weather which unleashed cloud bursts and poor light amid overcast conditions throughout the test did hamper his side's focus, but as professionals, they should overcome the distractions.
"It's always difficult when you are on and off the cricket field. Today it looked like we wouldn't have any play, but the weather cleared up", he said. That's something as professionals we have to master."
He didn't dwell too long on the subject of the Windies poor fielding in the Test, but claimed that hist team did set up several chances during the course of the match, especially during Sri Lanka's first innings. But more pertinently, he recognises that his side has an opportunity to win the series with a victory in the third and final test which is scheduled for Dec 1 through 5.
"I know the potential we have as a fielding team. The guys work hard and put a high level of quality on their fielding. In cricket, you drop catches, but what I like to see is half-chances to go in our favour, at least one or two. We haven't been to capitalize on the half-chances our bowlers created. But all in all, we could work on it and correct it."
In conclusion Sammy added that he was satisfied with the team's work ethic and that they are taking "baby steps" in a bid to restore the pride of the Windies side. "You don't change overnight. You have a process. I must say that our work ethic has been excellent. From the reports we have got from there (home) they are quite happy to see the fight the team is putting."