Sammy urges Windies to fight to the end

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says the current Test side will need time to develop but has the urged the team to fight to the end and never give up in games.

The Caribbean outfit went down by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test inside three days against Australia and could face a similar mauling in the next two games in the three-match series.

The 31 year-old Sammy, who played his last Test in December 2013, admits that West Indies cricket are going to through difficult times at the moment but have the younger players for a bright future.

Sammy told the Mercury: "I watched the first Test and it is difficult times, we won't hide from it, it is difficult times in West Indies cricket right now.

"We have a young captain in Jason Holder, when he took the job we told him it was going to be a tough job, I went through it when I was captain.

"It will take time for us to get back to where we were in Test cricket, but we have some good youngsters coming through and I guess with experience and the right guidance, the [Darren] Bravo's, the [Kraigg] Brathwaite's, even the Jason Holder's, they could learn quickly.

"Even though we don't win Test matches we fight to the end, that is basically what the fans at home are asking for. They want to see that never say die attitude.

"At the end of the day you are not only playing for yourself but you are playing for the six or seven million people from the Caribbean that are die hard cricket lovers."