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HEADLINE: WI coach Sammy: 'This loss will not dampen our spirits' 2024-06-20 14:47:00 

Daren Sammy told his West Indies team to put their eight-wicket loss to England "in the garbage" and insisted that they can still win an unprecedented third men's T20 World Cup.

West Indies set England 181 to win in St Lucia - at the ground bearing Sammy's name - but only took two wickets as the defending champions cruised home with 15 balls to spare, thanks primarily to Phil Salt and Jonny Bairstow's unbroken 97-run partnership for the third wicket. Sammy said that only on a flat pitch, his team were "about 25 runs short" of a winning total.

"It's part of the game," Sammy said. "This loss will not dampen our spirits. We still believe we've got a team that could win this World Cup, and that's what I'll tell the guys inside when I speak to them: park this game, put it in the garbage. And we move forward to Barbados where we win against the USA, and then we have South Africa in Antigua on Sunday.

"No-one said it was going to be easy. There are good teams in the tournament. Today, we came up against the defending champions and they got the better of us. But that doesn't mean our tournament is over. Our destiny is in our own hands, and I feel I've got the 15, the group of men, that we believe that this tournament, we could win."

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allan 2024-06-20 15:08:29 

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shut up sammy
we only want winners

XDFIX 2024-06-20 16:22:23 

In reply to allan

Yeah lost match because of his stupidity and unwillingness to change!

PalsofMine 2024-06-20 17:50:00 

i think that criticism is a little unfair. The coach was playing with what he expected to be his A team. The difference in this game is that no one had an outstanding game whereas in previous games, we always found someone who did and of course England found theirs in Salt. If we want to put blame (which I think is silly in any event) why not say why didnt Rovman score a quick 80 or Aljo get a hatrick. It is inevitable that we will lose at some point. Let us hope that is it and we move forward. Rally forever!

sgtdjones 2024-06-20 18:44:30 

WE got our rass kicked Royally

Out bowled
Out Catched
Out batted
Poor team selection
Out Coached

positiveg 2024-06-20 19:05:03 

In reply to PalsofMine

Very well said. Agree with you fully.
We had our one bad game. Glad it happened now than later
We need to win the next two and go from there.

Baje 2024-06-20 19:20:03 

In reply to positiveg

one bad game?