Samuels savours ton against South Africa

Samuels savours ton against South Africa

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West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels expressed his elation over scoring a brilliant, match-saving 101 against the number one test team, South Africa, on the fourth day of the second Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on December 29. Sharing in a record 176-run stand with fellow centurion Kraigg Braithwaite (106), Samuels exhibited class against the world’s top bowling unit on his way to registering his sixth test ton.

Marlon Samuels celebrates scoring a century against South Africa. Behind him is fellow centurion Kraigg Braithwaite.  (WICB Media Photo)

Marlon Samuels celebrates scoring a century against South Africa. Behind him is fellow centurion Kraigg Braithwaite. (WICB Media Photo)

“Last time I was here I made 94 at this ground…I told myself when I get in the 90s again I am definitely going to be a little bit more positive and try and go to a hundred. So against a number-one team with a world-class bowling attack and getting a hundred, it’s a wonderful feeling,” Samuels was quoted as saying in a CMC release.

The 33-year-old Jamaican, who was listed among Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2013, is currently enjoying a good run of form with the bat. He has accumulated 151 runs in three tests this year , and he began the South African tour by slamming a double ton in a warm-up match. In the five one-day matches he has played to date in 2014, he has scored 303 runs at an average of 101. His tally of 224 runs makes him the third leading run scorer in Twenty20 internationals for the West Indies so far this year, behind Lendl Simmons (273) and Chris Gayle (240).

Marlon Samuels hits a boundary during Day 3 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and West Indies at St. Georges Park on December 28, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Marlon Samuels hits a boundary during Day 3 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and West Indies at St. Georges Park on December 28, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

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