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Sammy cameo worried me: Clarke

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Apr 21, 2012 at 04:18pm IST

Port of Spain, Trinidad: Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted he was slightly worried about losing the second Test against the West Indies, especially after the way his opposite number Darren Sammy set about the run chase. Sammy was unbeaten on 30 from 26 balls when persistent rain ended the Windies' pursuit of 215 for victory and forced a draw at Queen's Park Oval here Thursday. West Indies were 53 for two when the game was called off.

"The facts are that we still could have lost, that's for sure, the way Darren was batting," Clarke told reporters. "West Indies have a pretty strong batting line-up with [Shiv] Chanderpaul in good form. But I was confident with the way the boys bowled in the first innings. I was confident the two spinners [Nathon Lyon and Michael Beer] could have spun us to victory."

He added: "I think he [Lyon] was going to play a huge part for us to win the game. I thought both him and Michael Beer were going to have to win us the Test pretty much. They were going to have to bowl in tandem."

Sammy cameo worried me: Clarke

The Aussie captain said his Caribbean counterpart's big-hitting had put him in a spot of bother in the second Test.

Leading by 54 in first innings, Australia declared their second innings on 160 for 8 after resuming the final day on 73 for 3. West Indies then took the challenge and despite losing openers Kieran Powell and Adrian Barath cheaply to slip to 13 for 2 in the fourth over, Sammy clubbed four fours and a six to up the tempo.

While Beer shared the new ball, Lyon did not get a single over before the rains came but Clarke said the offspinner would have been the trump card. "He wasn't far away. He was going to bowl that over [before the rain break] and I imagine for us to have won the game, he would have bowled the whole way through."

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