London: Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams has extended his support to under-attack skipper of the current team, Darren Sammy, ahead of the three-Test series against England.
The Jamaican, who led the Caribbean side in 15 of his 54 Tests, said the squad appeared to be responding to Sammy and, as such, the Windward Islands allrounder should continue in the role. "I have no issues with Darren; any West Indies captain has my support," said Adams, who now serves as head coach of English county Kent.
"The powers [the West Indies Cricket Board] think that he's the man to do the job, then fine. Get on with it, and do the best you can. I support anybody that sits in that role," Adams said. "I haven't been involved with cricket in the Caribbean for a while, but I assume that he has a role to play outside captaining the team.”
Sammy took over as captain from Chris Gayle in late 2010 but had increasingly come under fire for his role in the team, especially as West Indies' losing slide continued. Despite this, the WICB has kept faith on the Windward Islands allrounder. who then managed to get the best out of an inexperienced squad in recent times.
The West Indies drew their two-Test series with Pakistan in the Caribbean last year and while they subsequently lost to India at home and away, their performance improved with each game. Only recently, they shared both the one-day and Twenty20 series in the Caribbean against Australia, before losing 0-2 in the three-Test series.
Sammy is poised to lead West Indies in a three-Test series against the No. 1 ranked side England in a few days time and Adams believes if the batting can excel in difficult English conditions, the Caribbean side can pose a threat. "We have a bowling attack that is capable of getting 20 wickets, so if we can post competitive totals, it will be interesting," said Adams, who averaged 41 from 54 Tests. “It's a case of how quickly the young batsmen can adapt to English conditions when they are over here and obviously I'd like to see them succeed. A tour of England for any young player is a good learning experience. But a lot of learning has to happen on the spot, in the middle of a Test match."