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Sammy rues lack of killer instinct

10 February 2013 14:46

Darren Sammy blamed the West Indies' inability to seize their chances after defeat to Australia on Sunday sealed a 5-0 ODI whitewash.

Although the West Indies were comprehensively beaten in Perth in the first ODI encounter and also in Sydney last Friday, the tourists have been in with a chance in all three of the other matches.

On Sunday night, they appeared to be cruising towards overtaking Australia's 5-274 as opener Johnson Charles posted his maiden international hundred to have the side at 3-182 in the 37th over.

But after Charles lost his wicket with the very next ball, the West Indies collapsed, losing their last seven batsmen for just 75 runs, although they were somewhat unfortunate when a 42-run, sixth-wicket stand between Kieron Pollard (43) and Devon Thomas (19) was cut short by a narrow run-out call off the video replay.

That left it up to Sammy to try and guide his side home - they needed 25 off the final over from Clint McKay, who took the last two West Indian wickets to seal the 5-0 whitewash for Australia.

"I don't think the game should have come down to 24 runs in six balls you know," Sammy said.

"But that's how it goes. We didn't play well enough and we got beaten 5-0.

"Again I think we shot ourselves in the foot and we should have chased down these runs.

"Johnson was batting well, unfortunately he couldn't continue but the calibre of players we have, we didn't play sensibly enough.

"We left the Caribbean with the belief and the confidence that we could come out here and do well against this Australian team.

"Cricket has always been a team sport and in order to win matches, yes you'll have individual brilliance from a player or two, but it all revolves around what a team does and how good we do it and we've not done the good things consistently enough in this series."

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