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Sammy’s vision for West Indies

VISION: Darren Sammy

ONLY GREATER professionalism will see the West Indies climb the cricket ladder, according to captain Darren Sammy.

After recent Test series defeat to India in the Caribbean, the inexperienced Sammy, 27, looked to the future and was more than hopeful that success could be achieved by his under-performing side.

"Obviously bringing the whole professional attitude into practice properly and getting fit [are top of the agenda]," Sammy said, outlining the side's vision, as they strive to shake off years of sub-par performances.

"I believe the fitter you are, the more right decisions you will make. You will not cramp up under pressure. Being in the top five by 2015, and building a strong team that will go out and compete against anybody [are also part of the plan].

Sammy, who was appointed captain until the end of the 2011 season, is of the opinion that only hard work can help the Windies’ cause.

"If you noticed over the last couple of years, we have been rotating the same guys. So now we are exposing a few more players, getting the right system, the right work ethic to go out and represent West Indies.

“Start changing the whole laidback type of culture, just strictly being professional. Knowing what to do for the team, and doing whatever it takes to make the team win [are the goals]."

Born in Micoud, all-rounder Sammy, who has played in just 16 Tests and 63 one-day internationals during his fledgling career, is the first international cricketer to emerge from St Lucia, an island rediscovering its cricket culture as the new Beausejour Stadium has captured imaginations.

Sammy, who spent some time at Lord's with the MCC cricket staff, is the first St. Lucian to captain the West Indies.

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