Sammy: There are tough decisions to be made

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Captain Darren Sammy conceded the West Indies are likely to drop a substantial number of players, after Sunday's eight-wicket defeat – and two-nil series loss – to New Zealand on day four of the third and final Test at Seddon Park.

Captain Darren Sammy conceded the West Indies are likely to drop a substantial number of players, after Sunday's eight-wicket defeat – and two-nil series loss – to New Zealand on day four of the third and final Test at Seddon Park.

The dismal recipients of a series whitewash against India in Kolkata and Mumbai recently, the Windies were unable to orchestrate a turnaround in Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton.

While the left-handed Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul averaged an impressive 65.50 and 64.00 respectively in the three-match affair, fellow batsmen Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine endured a weak stretch of form.

The bowling attack, meanwhile, lacked penetration – and suffered a crucial loss in the wake of spinner Shane Shillingford's suspension for an illegal action. All-rounder Sammy, too, wasn't able to lead from the front successfully enough.

"There are tough decisions to be made by the coach and the director of cricket, some careers are on the line, could be mine as well, you never know. We cannot continue like this. In any organisation, you need to show graft and commitment. The coach keeps saying if we do the same thing, don't expect a different result," said Sammy.

"Watch us play when we play well and people say wow, things are moving forward, but it's two steps forward, then three or four backwards. Before we went to India, there were six consecutive Test wins. Then, on the tour of India, we got beaten miserably. We escaped in Dunedin by fighting hard with our backs against the wall. There's a lot of work to do, we just need to be more consistent."

The Black Caps and Windies will soon meet for five ODIs, the first of which will get underway in Auckland on Thursday. Napier, Queenstown, Nelson and Hamilton will host ODIs two, three, four and five respectively. Two Twenty20 Internationals will follow.

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