New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson

Injured Sammy to miss rest of series

Renaldo Matadeen

January 3, 2014

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Dwayne Bravo and his team-mates warm up using punching bags, Nelson, January 3, 2014
Dwayne Bravo is confident his young team will show plenty of fight in the fourth ODI © West Indies Cricket Board

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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Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 4, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock 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.

Posted by t20superstars 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.

Posted by Windies2Dheart 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Which enormous talent is he leaving on the side line?? And why cant we win the the 10 other enormous talents we have?? This is nonesense..... the few games we have won, Sammy has contributed in most of them...Ok, let's see if we will win now that he outof the team....remember he was out last match and we loss by a record

Posted by Vnott on (January 3, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

Its amazing how people forget. Windies won the first one day match due to some superb batting from Sammy. He was the MOM as well. Sammy in 1-day matches and T-20 is absolutely a very key player for windies...

Posted by chrisharrislovers on (January 3, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

t20superstars - what are you on about? Sammy can bat and bowl (a bi of both i agree he is not stand out at either) but he won the first ODI for you. How many other WI players win you matches?? Plus there is no talent to come in for him. I find your comment funny "leaving another enormous talent on the sidelines" and if you think WI will win this series you are clutching at straws! Comprehensive NZ wins to come!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 3, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

@t20superstars W.I last 2 ODI wins are solely down to incredible Sammy knocks, I agree he's not a Test player but in the short format he is brutal with the bat. W.I don't even know who their side is here and with the amount of seniors out and no Chanderpaul or Smith selected I'd make Bravo take responsability and bat 3 to try anchor the innings letting the others play their natural attacking games around him as the batting is low on experience. W.I just need to to fight harder take it to the Kiwis and not be intimidated hopefully the weather won't be so cold and we get a full game in.

Posted by wirus on (January 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Clearly with what's left of this team they have to reorganize the batting lineup (don't worry - they won't). As I said before Charles in not an opening batsman. That trick worked at first when he was unknown to bowlers but they have all worked him out now. He needs to be coming in low in the order as a finisher. Edwards must play and bat high. Ramdin is not a finisher so must bat higher. There is not much choice left to pick from so though Deonerine is out of form and out of his depth probably, he at least offers another bowling option. So I would suggest: 1. Edwards 2. Powell 3. Ramdin 4. Deonerine 5. Simmons 6. Bravo 7. Charles 8. Millar 9. Holder 10. Narine 11. Rampaul. If they all perform above their averages and if NZ have a bad day or if they are complacent and if luck goes against them and if luck goes in favour of WI and if the moon is in the right phase and if...

Posted by t20superstars on (January 3, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

Atlast some good news for the west indian fans. Sammy has always been a liable player for the westindies. He is neither a good batsman nor a bowler. Its one of those days when he comes up with something special that too not an impressive one. Its just the t20 cricket shots he pulls off his hat. Well even the likes of the tailenders like lasith malinga and morne morkel can play those shots. Its all about making contact with the ball and if it does then your power does the rest. Thats the case with Sammy. He comes into the team as an allrounder. But what is he doing with his role?? He is just leaving another enormous talent in the sidelines or in the bench. Its high time he is dropped from the west indian team and goodness it be it has come in the form of an injury which will make the selectors realise their mistake. Now, the west indian team will perform and will beat the black caps to take the series.Good luck West Indies!

Posted by Mekkayel on (January 3, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

West Indies need a miracle to win anymore games on this tour. Half of the team it's missing. Sad year for the WI this year I'm afraid

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