Sammy boosted by West Indies Test climb into top five

Darren Sammy, the West Indies Test captain, is delighted that West Indies have reached the top-five in Test rankings in cricket for the first time since August 2000.

West Indies, which has won their previous six Tests, is fifth on 99 points, with Australia fourth just ahead on 101 and Pakistan slightly behind in sixth on 97.

South Africa tops the list with 135 points, while England and India are a joint second on 116.

Sri Lanka (88) are seventh, then New Zealand (79), Zimbabwe (34) and finally Bangladesh (10).

This shuffle in the rankings came about largely because of the drawn series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe that concluded on Saturday with Zimbabwe’s first Test victory against major opposition in 12 years. Before the series, Pakistan was ranked No. 4.

“One of our goals has always been to be in the top five by 2015,” Sammy said. “As a Test team, we have worked really hard in the last three years, and to achieve that goal two years early is a plus for us.

“We now have to continue working harder in order for us to keep moving forward,” he added. “Massive praise must go to our head coach Ottis Gibson and his staff for creating the atmosphere where we as players can go out and work hard for each other and our fans in the Caribbean and everywhere else. This is a massive step in the right direction and we will continue to strive for excellence for the cause of putting West Indies cricket back on top of World cricket. The journey continues.”

West Indies’ next assignment is a tour of India beginning on Oct. 31, which will consist of two Tests and three one-day internationals. Then West Indies travels to New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.