No single player perhaps encapsulates the shortcomings of this West Indies side better than Marlon Samuels.
He clearly has talent, but lacks application and concentration and is as careless at the crease as he is with his tongue in the company of Indian bookmakers.
His innings yesterday was typical of his disappointing 37 match Test career. He rode his luck at the start, showed some determination to stick around, played himself in, unfurled a couple of lovely boundaries off Graeme Swann and then threw it away with a dreadfully loose shot to depart for 31.
With Shivnarine Chanderpaul at his obdurate best at the other end, Samuels' lapse in concentration was even more unforgiveable, although given that his Test average is a paltry 29 perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.
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