Sammy promises Christmas win for fans

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy has vowed to give the fans back in the Caribbean something to cheer about when they play the third Test against New Zealand, having lost the second one by an innings and 73 runs.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has vowed to give the fans back in the Caribbean something to cheer about when they play the third Test against New Zealand, having lost the second one by an innings and 73 runs.

The match in Wellington ended on day three as the Windies lost 16 wickets on the day, after going all out for 193 and following on, and then all out for 175 later that same day at the Basin Reserve.

Sammy said of their loyal fans' prospect for the third game in Hamilton, starting on 19 December: "They're up late, or early in the morning, watching us. We've got to give them something to shout about.

"Christmas time is soon around the corner. It's a time to be jolly so we've got to go down Hamilton and give them a little Christmas gift."

On a more serious note, Sammy admitted his bowlers were nowhere near good enough on a track that would have helped them had they bowled in the right places, as Trent Boult had in taking 10 wickets in the match.

The skipper added, having given up 441 runs to the Kiwis in their only innings: "If you look at our pitch maps we will probably be scattered all over the place.

"If I look at the New Zealand bowlers, they'll be hitting that fuller, six-metre length more often than us which us where you tend to create most chances.

"The way Trent exploited the conditions is something as a bowling group we've not been able to do here."

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