We were dominated by England, says Sammy

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said they had been “dominated by the number-one team in the world in all formats of the game” as their tour of England ended without an international win.  

Sunday’s seven-wicket Twenty20 defeat at Trent Bridge followed 2-0 reverses in three-match Test and one-day international series (rain led to a draw in the third Test and washed out the final ODI).  

Not that the West Indies will have much time to lick their wounds, given they fly out from Britain on Monday ahead of Twenty20 matches against New Zealand in Florida on June 30 and July 1.   
The teams then head to the Caribbean for five one-dayers and two Tests that will take them through to August.

“We fly on Monday, we’ve got a game on Saturday against New Zealand in Florida and we don’t get a break until August 7,” said Sammy.

What made the limited overs defeats all the more galling for the tourists was that the West Indies had believed their best chance of success lay in the shorter formats.

However, they lost the two ODIs where play was possible by margins of 114 runs and eight wickets.  Sunday saw them recover from being 57 for three at the half-way stage to make 172 for four. But World Twenty20 champions England, with Alex Hales making 99 on his Nottinghamshire home ground and sharing a stand of 159 with Ravi Bopara (59), responded with 173 for three.
While opener Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo had shown plenty of fight and no little style while making fifties, the West Indies’ attack lacked penetration.

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