Out of reach: Short leg fielder Kieran Powell, foreground, dives in a failed attempt to take this catch on the fourth and final day of the third Test against New Zealand yesterday, at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Behind him is an excited wicketekeeper Denesh Ramdin. —Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz / WICB Media

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‘CAN’T CONTINUE LIKE THIS’

Sammy says careers on line after series loss

Careers will be on the line following West Indies’ 2-0 Test series defeat against New Zealand.
The regional side lost the third Test by eight wickets yesterday to record their second straight series loss.
The regional side have also now lost four out of five Tests played in the last two months and skipper Darren Sammy says there are some tough decisions to be made by the coach, Ottis Gibson and new director of cricket Richard Pybus as they try to move the team up the Test ladder.
Speaking to the media following their eight-wicket loss to New Zealand on the fourth day of the third Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Sammy noted that the team does not seem to be moving forward.
The Windies side took a first innings lead before being dismissed for 103 in a disastrous session on the third day which eventually cost them the match.
Sammy conceded that it was not the first time that a poor session had seen them give up an advantageous position.
“It is quite disappointing especially coming from the tour of India. The fight we showed in New Zealand went back a few steps in Wellington,” said the West Indies skipper.
“We have had sessions like this for the past few years. We always play well in one innings and do not back it up in the other. I don’t know what it is. At the end of the day it is up to us to go out there and get runs,” he added.
“You watch us play when we play well and you say wow, things are moving forward, but then we take two steps forward, then three or four backwards, so I guess we are not really moving.
“Before we went to India, we were on the back of six consecutive Test wins, New Zealand included. Then, we had that tour in India when we got beaten miserably and then we came here and we escaped in Dunedin by fighting hard with our backs against the wall.
“There are probably some tough decisions that need to be made by the coach and the director of cricket and probably some careers will be on the line, probably mine as well, you never know but we definitely cannot continue like this,” Sammy insisted.
“In any organisation you need to show that graph of improvement. There’s a lot of work to do. It is tough but we just need to be more consistent and come up with a way of doing that,” he added.
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