New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson January 3, 2014

Injured Sammy to miss rest of series

Renaldo Matadeen

Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, has remained optimistic about his team's chances to bounce back after a comprehensive loss to New Zealand in the third ODI but will have to do so without the services of the experienced allrounder Darren Sammy.

Sammy, the West Indies' Test and T20 captain, will be out for the remainder of the ODIs Bravo confirmed, following a hamstring injury which prevented his participation in the last ODI at Queenstown.

"It's a big loss. Darren is out for the entire series," Bravo said. "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."

He reiterated that despite their inexperience, there was a hunger he wanted to bring out in this Nelson fixture to silence critics.

After Corey Anderson pummelled West Indies' bowling attack with a record ODI 131* off 47 balls, Bravo admitted that they were coming up with new tactics for him, as well as Jesse Ryder, who smashed a whirlwind 104 from 51 balls.

"Our bowlers were disappointed. 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."

He added that he felt Anderson's cavalier knock was due to the fact that it was a shortened match as he would not be that swashbuckling in a 50-over fixture. Bravo stated that if the weather didn't interrupt, his bowlers would fare better.

The captain contended that while this chilly weather placed them out their comfort zone, he needed more from his charges. "We're looking forward to this game. It's only 1-1 and we've said to ourselves that with two games to go, it can go either way," he said. "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."

He also dispelled rumours that Chris Gayle or Kieron Pollard could return for the T20 fixtures later this month. "There's no Gayle to come. 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."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    now Sammy is not playing wow one more bad blow i believe that is it for west indies in one day's.Jonathan Vidal I sorry but notice Sammy is one best player on the W.I Bravo one's team captain he should not take that captaincy for him or should reject it when it was offer

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    I am so glad that Sammy isn't playing. Now West Indies will surely win

  • ESPN on January 3, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    The only 2 games WI win on tour is when Darren Sammy step up to the party and held his hands up high, but yet he shouldn't be in WI team because he is UNBALANCING the team. Well now he's out I want to see who going step up and BALANCE the team. Ask Holding, Lara, Derick Murray and the rest Sammy Haterz.

  • Joshua on January 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    All the injuries so far have been beneficial to the team (The selectors can't any credit whatsoever). Sammy, though good enough to be in the ODI team and more so the T20 team, has allowed by his injury the inclusion of 4 genuine bowlers in the playing XI. As i mentioned recently, Rampaul, Holder, Miller and Narine, is a good an attack as they'll get with Roach out. When Sammy comes back, he's got to replace a batsmen who's not performing and bat at 7 given he keeps up his great form with the bat in ODIs. Roach will replace Miller but hopefully Miller is retained as a second spinner for both Tests and ODIs since Badree most likely will stay for T20s.

  • siddharth on January 3, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST You found Sammy's knock incredible just because none of the other players contributed with the bat. If he is so experienced and incredible, why doesnt the west indian team management assure confidence in him and promote him to the top 6. He bats way below at number 7 or 8, which means he has got to face the slogging overs. The management thinks he is a slogger rather than an innings builder. If he is the most experienced batsman then he should be batting up, which he is not able to cause he doesnt know how to build an innings. All he knows is to slog.

  • Cauldric on January 3, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    In the last year or so only narine, rampaul, roach and darren bravo have outperformed Sammy. not even gayle was deserving of a place. Best simply has no control. Sammy isnt the most brilliant bowler or batsman. But he has certainly warranted a place more than some of the so called specialists.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    INJURED? I wonder if anyone actually believes that. 'Injury' in cricket means who have been dropped or simply dont want to play.

  • Abiose on January 3, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    We keep forgetting that Sammy was in the team before he was captain (test and ODI). We keep forgetting Ramdin (NOTE SAGA) and Bravo (Contract saga) all coukd have been handled better with more maturity. Captain is not only a player but a leader that could command respect. CH LLoyd was not the best player in the side and was also dropped (but protests made him be reinstated -- he scored a double in that match) but he was a leader. Talent now can't be compared to that of the past but Sammy is the best leader we have.... let the batters (samuels, Gayle, powell etc) perform more consistently and the bowlers (Best, roach, ramphul etc) take wickets (when last one of them had a 5for or a 10 wicket haul).... until then critics should put a sock in it

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    #t20superstars Sammy bashers are all the same. "Samy should not be in the team! Sammy is not talented enough! Sammy can only pull out shots from his T20 hat! So WHAT ARE THE OTHERS DOING? They don't score runs and they don't take wickets wth the exception on one or two. Bring those that actually score runs consistently or score runs at all then bring those that take wickets more beautifully than Sammy (cause that's what you want) and then you can drop the guy. But till then with the bunch of underachievers who cannot prove that they can do anything but fail consistently point you fingers to the top order and the full time bowlers. Stop this blaming Sammy game.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Some players are better off if they come to the wicket and able to swing away if luck goes their way they look ok, but building an innings (playing to the to the situation) is a completely different thing. I was always ok with Sammy in the limited over game the problem is test matches, playing every game since he is the captain, he can still be in the rotation for tests,but in the rotation called on if needed,he has never been hurt as Captain so I'am surprised Iguess his advisers told him to leave his last game in the selectors ' minds,there need no be any wild changes,the only one I see is new test captain only ,one of Bravo senior,Ramdin who is batting better, if anyone is captain and fans can say with good reason that you should not be in the side there is a big problem Iam sure players are saying the same thing,LLoyd,Richards,Richardson,Lara never heard anyone say should not be in the side,maybe not Captain but surely in the team.

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