West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13

Sammy predicts progress in Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 7, 2012

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West Indies players jog, Dhaka, November 7, 2012
West Indies have taken strides in Test cricket this year © AFP

As far as progress is concerned in Test cricket, West Indies haven't taken many strides for much of the past decade, though there have been signs of a revival this year. They have lost to Australia at home and England abroad but they have given more than just a glimpse of a fighting ability.

The improvement translated to a comfortable series win over New Zealand in August, their first at home since beating England in 2009. They are eyeing a second straight Test series win when they come up against bottom-ranked Bangladesh.

Captain Darren Sammy said ahead of West Indies' first training session in Dhaka on Wednesday, that just like the team pushed itself to win the World Twenty20, it will be doing the same on this tour.

"It is more of a belief factor. We have played some good series over the years where we were competing against high-ranked teams, now we believe we can be even more competitive and get results over higher-ranked teams," Sammy said in Mirpur. "We have a team goal which we want to achieve but this is going to be a step-by-step process.

"It's important to come here and win matches and it's a challenge we put on ourselves. Just like we forced ourselves to try and win the T20 World Cup, we achieved that and we are now looking forward to the next series which is against Bangladesh. We believe we can achieve our goals."

Between their last series in Bangladesh, where they won the Test series 1-0 and the ODIs 2-1, West Indies have lost three Test series but there have been plenty of positives, chiefly the strength in the leadership. Sammy however believes nothing much has changed in the last 12 months.

"My role as a captain has not changed. Every player is aware of what their roles are in the team. Last year I have excelled in the role the team expects me to play, and I don't see any difference this year.

"We just got to bring all our players together and go down and perform on the cricket field. That's where the performance counts."

Sammy believes that the success since last October has also made the team stronger, though the return of Chris Gayle has also helped matters. "We have definitely improved as a team. A number of players have come on board and we are a little bit more consistent.

"We beat New Zealand in both Tests and performances came from different players. We come here with one mission: to win all three series in Bangladesh."

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Posted by SeanWI on (November 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

The pitches are meant to suit those Trinidadian and Guyanese players and Gayle. No one else will be effective on these pitches. WI will win since most of their team is composed of Trinis.

Posted by WICricFan1 on (November 9, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

I believe WI can win these series..... but not to get too complacent. We the WI people have been longing for even a glimmer of hope from the home side, so far we are seeing that...... Go boys bring this one home. I would like to see us go up in the test rankings.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

if Gayle goes early wi will be in a ton of trouble, Powell and edwards will not last long as wi will find out this is not a t20 match,men will have to stay in the crease for a long time and this bunch will find it difficult Shiv is no longer a spring chicken and wi must look to replace him, Sammy is not a test player and is taking away balance from this team. wi selectors must takle blame for this ,wi will be unable to progress untill they have different captain for different format.

Posted by kannan225 on (November 9, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

West Indies need to put runs on the board if they have to be consistent in their winning habits. It is time that they include Pollard in their test line up, as his batting in No.5 or 6 can enable Windies put up big scores. WI needs to look Pollard in the mould of Viv Richards as his batting can have a devastating effect on the opponents.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

BD might be a team which has a lot of shortage of experience but there's no doubt that a youth's gaining its power. I mean the u 19 team progressed to the quarter finals in the world cup u19 so it means if not the team now then its going to be the under 19 team because they are the future of the bangladesh cricket team

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 8, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

@ reyme: No doubt BD is very competitive side at home. Asia Cup is a proof of it. But this time Caribbeans have Gayle & Narine this time. So it won't b possible to repeat 61 of WI rather there's a chance of repeat of 58 of BD. BD batsmen must b careful of Narine while bowlers must check Gayle & Chanderpaul. Otherwise they won't b able to win a single match. Best of luck for both sides.

Posted by boxer44 on (November 8, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@ Sean Emery u made a valid point mute when you name a west indies test team and left out a healthy KEMAR ROACH. This is a series where the windies should have brought both Brathwaite and powell and give them each a game. Imo give the youngster an inning or two with the gayle force destroying the bowling from the other end it will go a long way in building their confidence as they would be able to play with less pressure than they had in the past.

Posted by 777aditya on (November 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

The present WI team has been a welcome change for their beleaguered fans worldwide. Only guys like Sehwag can manage to get away with calling Bangladesh an ordinary side in home conditions! Let us just hope WI do not get complacent and continue with their winning ways. Here's wishing them a great season ahead!

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

I think this is a golden opportunity for West Indies to get some much needed confidence and do some serious team building ahead of bigger challenges in the future. Its easy to dismiss a series against Bangladesh, but nothing brings a team together more than success. A win in Bangladesh would be a small step, but a step nonetheless, in the right direction.

Posted by Haleos on (November 8, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

With Gayle and Co back in the team it should be cakewalk for WI. Bangladesh are strong at home but their batting is what has kept them where they are in the rankings.

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