ICL: Indian Cricket League

Windies hopeful Sammy will play


West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy will be given until the morning of the match to prove his fitness as the tourists prepare for the final Test here.

The St Lucia all-rounder is doubtful with a groin strain picked up after he claimed an incredible 7-66 at Old Trafford in his debut Test appearance. West Indies coach David Moore said: “I’m hopeful he will play.”

Paceman Daren Powell could come back into the equation after being dropped for the third Test in Manchester.

“It was really tough leaving Daren Powell out, he has been one of our better bowlers over the past year so strong consideration will be given to him,” said Windies skipper Daren Ganga.

Powell could play instead of fellow Jamaican Jerome Taylor, but Sammy’s absence would be a big blow to his team after his impressive debut.

The 23-year-old would probably have to be replaced with a batsman (Sylvester Joseph or Marlon Samuels) thereby weakening the West Indies seam attack.

“It’ll leave a gap after what he has done for us but I’m hopeful he will play,” said coach David Moore. “Even though he only got one wicket in the first innings he was very disciplined with the ball and he is like that every time he takes it. In the field he’s excellent as well, always moving around and encouraging the guys. With the bat he got a good ball in the first innings but in the second he really applied himself. I thought he was going to keep going and just might have had a dream game,” he added.

Sammy took six wickets in a 33-ball spell late on the third day of the Old Trafford contest — an effort that brought West Indies back into the match after England had extended their lead to more than 400 with seven wickets intact.

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