Batsmen underestimate my bowling, says Sammy

The West Indies captain is aware that he is a crucial part of the bowling attack.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who dismissed Australia's openers Ed Cowan and David Warner, on the third day of the ongoing first Test match at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, attributed his success to the fact that batsmen underestimate his abilities as a bowler.Sammy celebrates after dismissing Warner.

Sammy is not the fastest of bowlers and neither does he generate too much swing, but what he does well is rely on accuracy and using the crease well to get his wickets. His place in the West Indies' Test team is always under scrutiny, but Sammy prefers to let his performances do the talking for him, and to be fair to him he has done extremely well in recent months.

At Barbados, Sammy set up Cowan nicely before bowling the sucker punch ball that forced the southpaw to edge the length delivery to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps. Sammy then got the important wicket of Warner, who had blazed his way to a 55-ball 42, before edging a catch to Darren Bravo at second slip.

"I think the batsmen really underestimate me. They get through the quick men and see me and say 'ah he's not so quick'. But what I rely on is accuracy: frustrate them, frustrate them, take the ball away from them, then get a little closer, just in that little channel to play or leave," Sammy was quoted as saying by ESPN cricinfo.

Sammy was also happy that his team executed the plans for each of the Australian batsmen extremely well; adding the rotation of the bowlers also worked in the hosts' favour. "We did plan well for their batsmen and bowlers - we were prepared for this series," he added.

The West Indies captain also said he understands his job in the team and is aware he is a crucial part of the bowling attack. "If you look at Fidel and Roach they go at around four an over in Test cricket, Bishoo goes at three and I go at two. So my contribution is crucial in the team set-up and I go out and try to do that every day," Sammy said.

At stumps on the third day, Australia was 248 for 5 in reply to West Indies' first innings total of 449 which was set up by Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 25th Test century.