West Indies news September 15, 2013

Sammy delighted with top-five Test ranking

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy, the West Indies Test captain, has expressed delight at seeing West Indies reach the top-five in Test rankings for the first time since August 2000. West Indies, who have won their previous six Tests, currently sit on 99 points, with Australia just ahead on 101, and Pakistan lagging slightly behind on 97.

This ranking came about largely because of the drawn series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe that concluded yesterday with Zimbabwe's first Test victory against major opposition in 12 years. Before the series, Pakistan were ranked No. 4.

"One of our goals has always been to be in the top five by 2015," Sammy said. "As a Test team, we have worked really hard in the last three years and to achieve that goal two years early is a plus for us.

"We now have to continue working harder in order for us to keep moving forward. Massive praise must go to our head coach Ottis Gibson and his staff for creating the atmosphere where we as players can go out and work hard for each other and our fans in the Caribbean and everywhere else.

"This is a massive step in the right direction and we will continue to strive for excellence for the cause of putting West Indies cricket back on top of World cricket. The journey continues."

West Indies' next assignment is a tour of India beginning on October 31, which will consist of two Tests and three ODIs. Following that, West Indies will travel to New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.

The last time a Caribbean side toured New Zealand was in 2008-09, when they drew the Test series 0-0.

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  • Ramakrishnan on September 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Sammy has every right to be pleased about WI ranked in the top 5. It was under his captaincy WI were revitalised to realise their potential and perform. They said he didn't deserve a place in the team but because of him they are now a potent force in world cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Sammy has done extremely well to uplift WI cricket and praise must be given to him. The mention of Ottis Gibson surprises me.In my opinion he has done poorly and does not belong to the team.Mention should be made of Shivnarine Chanderpaul whose efforts has tremendously been responsible for the position they are in.It's a shame a man of his caliber is constantly ignored for the one day matches.

  • Dik on September 16, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Clydal Lovence, I meant that it seems like he's talking as if WI did something recently . Zims just won and WI went up. This interview sounds like it came after their own Test win, when infect he was just at home watching the Zims beat Pak. So it's VERY odd timing. If you are going to praise you team at least wait till you play a game. Or is he afraid that the rankings will go away by then?

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    They should really thank Zimbabwe for inflicting this shameful defeat on Pakistan and make them drop to sixth position

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Come on Masking_Tape. I want you to mention just one team in International Cricket that does not benefit from other teams playing badly. And yes, West Indies did do something special to get to number 5. If the West Indies lost every one of their last 20 Tests, do you think that they would have gotten to number 5? Never! What they have done may not seem much compared to the likes of South Africa and England but if you compare their present situation with where they were 5 to 10 years ago, you must agree that they have improved. Its true, West Indies have a lot more to do to be a force to recon with. Nonetheless, I commend Sammy and his team for their achievement!

  • Android on September 16, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    job well done by the West Indies

  • Zaneef on September 16, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Congrats to the whole team, I can remember saying this a few years ago. Mr.Lloyd was not the best cricketer in the mighty WI of the 70/80 but he was the best leader of men. That's all that matters, continue the good work Darren Sammy. Hope they return the position for the one dayers too, the IPL super bowler failed. Misbah does not hit ball all the time in the air.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    well done windies and well done to coach gibson &capt sammy for a job well done . their is no doubt about it the windies have that raw talent . now the board has to be patient with sammy and gibson and persevere for awhile .

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    They have lot of talented bowlers come up their ranks. Now if they could get a couple of decent bat it would do them good. I am not hoping for a richards or Lara but a Richardson or a Dujon caliber bat would much better what they have other than Marlin who is pretty good

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    The most interesting phase starts now. Pakistan will probably lose at least by 1-0 against SA. Australia will at most drawn the ashes. Now West Indies will have to atleast prevent a whitewash against india in-order to remain in the top 5 for sometime. I think NZ will have to whitewash Bangladesh to pose a threat for west indies.

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