Samuels sets sights high

West Indies’ cricketer Marlon Samuels poses with his Man of the Match award after his team’s win over Sri Lanka in the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. West Indies’ won by 36 runs.
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Marlon Samuels has vowed to become the number one batsman in Test cricket following his staring role that helped propel West Indies to the heights of cricket glory once more.

The Jamaican has promised to work hard at further improving his game after playing a leading role in helping West Indies win the ICC Twenty20 Trophy by beating Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the recent final in Colombo.

The 31-year-old batsman is focused on claiming the top spot in the longer version of the game.

“I want to be number one and I will continue to work harder because I want to be number one before I finish,” Samuel told journalists at the Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica on his arrival from Sri Lanka.

“I have lots of plans and the bar continues to rise, especially when I achieve my goals. I will just continue to work hard as possible,” he said.

His top score of 78 runs and bowling figures of one for 15 earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.

Samuels played 39 Test matches with an average of 32.83. He has made three centuries and 15 fifties, with a top score of 117.

“The world hasn’t seen a double century or a triple century from me as yet, so look forward to them and as soon as possible,” Samuel declared.

Samuels is enjoying an exciting comeback to international cricket after serving a two-year ban that ended in 2010. Indian police had accused him of giving out team information to a known bookie prior to a one-day international between the West Indies and India in 2007.

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