Sammy wants tougher Windies
Hobart, Australia (CMC):
Former Test captain Darren Sammy said this week West Indies cricket was facing "difficult times" following the heavy defeat to Australia in the opening Test last week but he is hoping the embattled unit can be at least competitive in the remaining games.
West Indies suffered a humiliating innings and 212-run loss inside three days in the opening Test at the Bellerive Oval here last week, their worst defeat to Australia in 84 years.
Sammy, who led the Windies in 30 of his 38 Tests, said his full support was behind the side and was backing them to give a better showing in the upcoming contests in Melbourne and Sydney.
"I remember the last time we were in Australia we lost quite badly in Brisbane but then we pulled ourselves together in Adelaide and Perth, where we could have actually won the Test series," Sammy said here.
"Hopefully it is that case, and even if we don't win the next two Test matches but we compete much better than we did in the first."
He added: "I am fully committed to one dayers and T20 internationals for West Indies, that is still my passion but I really wish that things could turn around here in Australia."
Sammy was dumped as Test captain in May last year and replaced by Denesh Ramdin who was also sacked after 15 months in charge and replaced by Jason Holder last September.