Sammy seeks prompt turnaround

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Captain Darren Sammy has implored the West Indies to promptly recover from a heavy two-nil series defeat at the hands of India, ahead of a testing three-match affair against New Zealand.

Captain Darren Sammy has implored the West Indies to promptly recover from a heavy two-nil series defeat at the hands of India, ahead of a testing three-match affair against New Zealand.

The West Indians suffered innings defeats at Eden Gardens Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai – and will chase reprieve at the University Oval in Dunedin this week.

"It's the life of a professional sportsman," said Sammy. "One minute, you are in the hot and crazy fan atmosphere of India, and the next day you are in New Zealand, Dunedin, where the breeze can blow you off your feet.

"We won't make any excuses. We will have to come and hit the ground running. People might say India did not go well for us, but this is a new challenge, a new chance to focus and finish the year on a high.

"We have a lot of respect for our opponents and we know New Zealand can be a very competitive side, especially at home. We recall that England were the number one side in the world when they visited last year and they drew."

Spinner Sunil Narine has been added to the touring squad, after fellow slow bowlers Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels were reported for suspect actions in India.

The report – submitted by on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong, television official Vineet Kulkarni and match referee Andy Pycroft – cited concerns over Samuels' "quicker deliveries" and Shillingford's "doosras".

The actions will be analysed independently and, if deemed illegal, the pair will be suspended from bowling in international cricket.

The 25-year-old, Narine, meanwhile, has not played Test cricket since November 2012. He boasts 15 wickets in five matches, 12 of which came in last year's two-match series against the Black Caps in Kingston and North Sound.

"There are a number of guys that want to bounce back, myself included. I did not have a good time in India and I want to come out and reassert myself as a Test captain and player, and many of the players want to do the same following the humiliation in India," added Sammy.

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