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Darren Sammy remains positive about West Indies' progress in recent times. "The team has been responding," said the tourists' skipper

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has reiterated his belief in the methods employed by the team under coach Ottis Gibson.

The Windies have won just two of their last 31 Tests and, although there have been signs of promise since Gibson and Sammy joined forces at the helm, they have been unable to secure a victory in their previous seven outings in the five-day format.

Sammy, however, believes in what the pair are doing, which amounts to a bottom-up overhaul of the central tenets of Caribbean cricket.

“I try and do the best I can for West Indies but everybody has an opinion and I respect that,” he said on the eve of the second Investec Test against England at Trent Bridge.

“Coach Gibson and myself are trying to build something for the future here. Everybody might not like it but the team has been responding in the last few series we’ve played.

“People are free to talk, it’s a free country. Ottis has made it known this West Indies team is a hard-working team.

“He (Gibson) came on board with a whole new idea - determination, working hard for yourself and the team, fitness. He wanted to play a brand of cricket where fans could see the determination and passion and see us competing against higher-ranked teams. So far we’ve been able to do that.

“The West Indies have been going down to the bottom for the last 15 or so years and we kept doing the same things over and over again. Somebody said to me that if you do the same things over and over and expect change that’s crazy.”

With Shannon Gabriel having flown home after sustaining a back injury in the five-wicket defeat at Lord’s, the tourists need to make at least one change.

Ravi Rampaul, fit again after a neck complaint that handed Gabriel his debut, is set to return and there could also be a place for spinner Shane Shillingford.

Shillingford missed out in the first Test after complaining the cold weather was hindering his delivery of the ball, but the balmy conditions in Nottingham should solve that.

“There’s a good chance Shillingford might play in this match with Shannon out,” said Sammy.

“Ravi is fit again and he’s been the man taking wickets with the new ball for us. We’ll probably go back to our usual...two hard, fast bowlers and myself and a spinner.”

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