Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 5th day November 25, 2012

Sammy credits consistency for series victory

The ten-wicket victory in Khulna was West Indies' fourth consecutive Test win. The last time they won four Tests in a row was in 1993, when they beat Australia and Pakistan. The 2-0 result in Bangladesh also meant that West Indies had won four Tests in a year for the first time since 2002.

The recent improvement in results has come under Darren Sammy's leadership, and he credited a settled team for the turnaround.

"The most encouraging thing for me is that I turn up and know what to expect from the players, what Tino [Best] or [Veerasammy] Permaul will give me, or what Marlon is going to give when he goes out to bat," Sammy said. "We have reached that stage. The nucleus of the team is quite settled. The guys are performing consistently in the last 6-12 months.

"The guys in the team were in England and New Zealand, with Chris [Gaye] returning to the team. It's a more settled squad, just like our T20 team is quite settled, so is our ODI team. The more we play, the more we know about each other. But that being said, we have guys who continue to play domestic cricket at home who perform.

Sammy believes the side has gone through a process in which they've taken every steps towards winning Tests. Their latest improvement is consistency, after wins at home against New Zealand and the World Twenty20 triumph in Sri Lanka. "We performed more consistently over the last ten days of Test cricket [than Bangladesh]," Sammy said. "We didn't take them for granted. In key moments, like the second innings, we did more things better than them.

"They are quite a young team, and once they are mentally stronger they can keep pressing against higher-ranked opposition. We were a team at the same stage, but we have worked on this so it's good to see performance coming consistently."

West Indies' batsmen played a key role in the series win, making seven centuries to Bangladesh's two. The bowling attack also claimed 40 Bangladesh wickets, though the lack of application from the home wide's batsmen made that job a little easier.

"We had to work for most of our wickets. The pitch was really good for batting," Sammy said. "We stuck to our plans for most of the time. In the first innings in Dhaka, our bowlers didn't hit the areas. From the second innings and both innings in this Test, we bowled better. Our batsmen were more patient, [they] let the bowlers come to them."

West Indies have a chance to extend their winning streak to six, when they play Zimbabwe early next year. The last time they won so many in a row was in 1988, when the team was at the peak of its powers under Viv Richards. If Sammy's side produces its own 6-0 it will not be spoken of in the same breath, but it will not be taken for granted either, because wins were rare enough not so long ago.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Well done to the WI team. We have seen consistent growth over the last few years and yes Sammy and Otis should be commended for their hard work and endurance. Go Windies !!! Now Bangladesh, next the Aussies !!!

  • Anwar on November 27, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Gibson has done a wonderful job with the attitude and commitment of this team. We were never lacking in ability. It is about time that we in the west indies forget this insularity and back who is there, Sammy has proven all wrong, His performances may not be headline grabbing but his ability to gel this team is top drawer. I think this "Team formation" is the correct one at this present moment. Five batsmen, Four Bowlers a wicketkeeper and sammy as the Allrounder. Well done boys, from strenght to strength.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    once again congratulaions to gibson and sammy we now have a good batting line up , all we need now is a left handed johnson added to bowling dept .

  • Sriram on November 26, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    This guy, Sammy is amazing..they keep writing him down alwyas and he keeps proving them wrong..He leads this windies like no one can and pitches in performance. Bravo Sammy Bravo!!

  • Douglas on November 26, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Chanderpaul! Average 354. For 2012, 987 runs at Bradmanlike average of 98.7. WOW!

  • Sameera on November 25, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Good luck for WI team. Nice to see Sammy & friends performing well. I am sure they will win ODI series 5-0 & win Aus series as well.

  • Zaneef on November 25, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Not seeing any writing about firing the coach anymore. Credit should be given to the coach too just as how the coach would have been the first to feel the pressure if they were loosing. He held out for what he taught was best for the team, ATTITUDE over TALENT. I once read that in anything that someone does 85% is Attitude and 15% is Technical.We have now gotten a pool of excellent players with their own individual strength in the different versions of the game.We need to continue for 2013 and onwards.

  • SUNIL on November 25, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I have a strong belief that this side has got every potential to make it more than 6-0. Just imagine that when Roche comes back, how strong will be the bowling line up. Three Genuine fast bowlers which no other attack in the world has at the moment. I think that Sammy is taking the team in the right direction, they should develop Brathwaite for the middle order in place for chanderpaul, since he is not going to play for more than a couple of years, moreover, some young fast bowlers should also be allowed to travel with the touring party so that they can be developed for the future because both Edwards and Best are in their 30's.

  • Carl on November 25, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Onwards and upwards Windies. Bring in Kemar Roach and Delorn Johnson, and along with Tino Best, Veerasammy Permaul and Sunil Narine, that gives us plenty of fine bowlers to select a strong attack from. Johnson MUST play against Zimbabwe, the young man deserves his chance, and will not let anybody down. I believe that paired with Kemar Roach, he will form a devastating new ball pair for many years to come.

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