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Home First success for WI captain Sammy
Ex-MCC Young Cricketer and West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has led his side to their first Test series win under his captaincy, against Bangladesh.
Sammy, who assumed the reigns last year, led the Caribbean side to a crushing 229-run win in the second Test of the series to secure a 1-0 win. The first match finished in a rain affected draw.
Five second innings wickets from Devendra Bishoo secured the victory on day five, with Sammy himself chipping in with 2-19 from only 13 overs - including the key wicket of opposing captain Shakib Al Hasan.
The win was set-up earlier in the match by the batting of Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo.
Edwards was named man-of-the-match after registering scores of 121 and 86 in the match, while Bravo made a mammoth 195 in the second innings, his first Test ton.
Sammy, who spent two years as a YC in 2003 and 2004, praised a strong team performance after their victory in Chittagong.
“This feels very good, we knew it was going to be difficult, but the efforts from the guys and the coaching staff - this was just reward,” Sammy said in the aftermath of the win.
“It is good to see the way we came together. The coach (Otis) Gibson focuses on constant improvements, and we showed that in this series.
“Bravo batted out of his skin, and then Shiv (Chanderpaul) and Kirk (Edwards) took over.
“It was a complete team effort.”
The win will come as a relief to Sammy, who has ensured his fair share of criticism since taking charge of the West Indies.
His current squad is also missing leading stars including Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle, and Sammy has been charged with leading a rebuilding process.
After a rain ruined trip to Sri Lanka in late 2010 ended in a series draw Sammy registered his first win as skipper against Pakistan in May - shortly after the team were knocked out of the ICC World Cup at the quarter final stage.
A 1-0 home series defeat to then number one Test side India followed in June to keep the pressure on Sammy.
Bangladesh could easily claim to have had the better of the first Test of the series but the West Indies were on top from day one in Chittagong.