Sammy pleased with rise in rankings

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Captain Darren Sammy has welcomed the West Indies' rise to fifth spot in the in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, thanks largely to Zimbabwe's triumph over Pakistan in Harare last week.

Captain Darren Sammy has welcomed the West Indies' rise to fifth spot in the in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, thanks largely to Zimbabwe's triumph over Pakistan in Harare last week.

The Zimbabweans' historic triumph saw them enter the rankings above Bangladesh. Pakistan, meanwhile, fell from fourth to sixth – and the Windies entered the top five for the first time since August 2000.

"One of our goals has always been to be in the top five by 2015. 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," said Sammy.

"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."

The West Indians will tour India for two Tests and three ODIs in November, which will be followed by a trip to New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

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