Sammy ponders Shillingford replacement

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The West Indies have yet to confirm a replacement for spinner Shane Shillingford, ahead of the series decider against New Zealand, which will get underway at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

The West Indies have yet to confirm a replacement for spinner Shane Shillingford, ahead of the series decider against New Zealand, which will get underway at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

Shillingford has been suspended, after an independent analysis ordered by the International Cricket Council deemed his bowling action illegal.

Fellow slow bowler Sunil Narine, subsequently, is likely to earn a first Test cap since November 2012. Left-armer Veerasammy Permaul or fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, however, are also options.

"We have so many different scenarios on the table. We're going to go out and fight for one of our team-mates and come up strong and look to hit back at New Zealand," said captain Darren Sammy.

"It's going to take a big effort from us, especially from the way we have played, but it's not impossible. Shane is a very close friend of mine and he's quite sad and disappointed about the results but that's life and sometimes you get curve balls thrown at you.

"You have to face it and come back stronger. It's a tough pill to swallow. We all support Shillingofrd as a team. He's been through that before and hopefully his mental toughness will carry him through."

The hosts sport an important one-nil series lead on the back of a rain-affected draw at the University Oval in Dunedin and innings and 73-run triumph at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

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