‘Some careers are on the line’, says Darren Sammy

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“There are tough decisions to be made by the coach and the director of cricket”

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has revealed that “some careers are on the line”, including his own as captain, after the national team were thrashed 2-0 in the three-Test series against New Zealand.

Only Darren Bravo, who scored 262 runs at a brilliant average of 65.50, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who amassed 256 runs at an outstanding average of 64, performed well for the West Indies.

“There are tough decisions to be made by the coach and the director of cricket, some careers are on the line, could be mine as well, you never know,” Sammy said. “We cannot continue like this. In any organisation, you need to show graft and commitment. The coach keeps saying if we do the same thing, don’t expect a different result.

“Watch us play when we play well and people say wow, things are moving forward, but it’s two steps forward, then three or four backwards. Before we went to India, there were six consecutive Test wins. Then, on the tour of India, we got beaten miserably. We escaped in Dunedin by fighting hard with our backs against the wall. There’s a lot of work to do, we just need to be more consistent.”

With the West Indies’ next Test series scheduled to be against New Zealand in the Caribbean in just over five months, Sammy stated that it was up to the national selectors to decide whether he is fit to continue as captain.

“At the end of the day, the selectors recommend the captain,” he said. “If I’m asked to do the job I’d still do it. They’ll make the decision.”

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