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“This is a massive step in the right direction and we will continue to strive for excellence for the cause of putting West Indies cricket back on top of World cricket”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy was all smiles as his side reached the top-five in the latest Test team rankings for the first time since August 2000.
West Indies, who currently sit at fifth on rankings with 99 points, are just behind Australia, who have 101 points, while Pakistan dropped down from fourth to sixth due to the surprising loss they suffered in their second Test against Zimbabwe.
“One of our goals has always been to be in the top five by 2015,” Sammy said. “As a Test team, we have worked really hard in the last three years and to achieve that goal two years early is a plus for us.
“We now have to continue working harder in order for us to keep moving forward. Massive praise must go to our head coach Ottis Gibson and his staff for creating the atmosphere where we as players can go out and work hard for each other and our fans in the Caribbean and everywhere else.
“This is a massive step in the right direction and we will continue to strive for excellence for the cause of putting West Indies cricket back on top of World cricket. The journey continues.”
The West Indies will travel to India next month for a series consisting of two Tests and three ODIs.
Their tour of India will be followed by a trip to New Zealand, where they will play three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against the Black Caps.
The last Test series between the West Indies and New Zealand came in 2008-09 and ended up being a 0-0 draw.