Sammy to miss rest of New Zealand series with hamstring injury

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“His experience and positivity will be missed”

West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy will miss the remainder of the national team’s ongoing tour of New Zealand after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Despite losing Sammy, West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo still remains confident that his side can get the job done.

“It’s a big loss,” Bravo said. “Darren is out for the entire series.

“We haven’t decided on what changes to make yet and we’ll do so when we look at the pitch. We have a couple niggles in the camp but with Darren out, he brings so much to our team, especially in the depth. His experience and positivity will be missed. It’s a tough time for us but our newer players will have to step up. Our players have a good work ethic so I’m confident in them.”

Following their 159-run thrashing in Queenstown, where New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson smashed 131 runs off 47 balls, which is now the fastest century in ODI history, Bravo revealed that the West Indies have come up with tactics on dealing with him and opening batsman Jesse Ryder, who also scored a century during that match.

“Our bowlers were disappointed,” Bravo said. “It was a great knock from Anderson but we’ve been analyzing footage and studying the size of the ground. It’s going to be a different ball game. We will not be making the same mistakes twice. We’ll be going back to basics like we did in the first ODI and be disciplined. Bowling to one side of the wicket is important and we didn’t do that in the last match.”

Speaking about the fourth ODI in Nelson, which gets underway tomorrow, Bravo has called on his bowlers to prove their worth.

“We’re looking forward to this game,” he said. “It’s only 1-1 and we’ve said to ourselves that with two games to go, it can go either way.

“We feel like we’re still in with a good chance. The last game is gone and out our minds. We’re fully focussed on the job ahead.”

Bravo was also quick to dismiss rumours that flamboyant opening batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Kieron Pollard could make a comeback during the upcoming Twenty20 series.

“There’s no Gayle to come,” he said. “No need to rush him or Pollard. Their health is important and comes first. We have a T20 World Cup to defend and they’re going to be big parts of this. No risk needed. We want them to return fit and stay on the park as long as possible. We’ll be using another young squad for these New Zealand T20s.

“But right now, let’s see if our bowlers have the guts and courage to bounce back. That second one-day was just one of those days. But it’s going to be tough to repeat that again. I’m not saying it can’t happen again but we’ll be ready to make sure it doesn’t.”

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