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Darren Sammy pointed to a lack of consistency as the main reason for his side's 2-0 Investec Test series defeat to England.

After a third washout ensured the final match at Edgbaston finished in a draw, Sammy reflected on West Indies' inability to capitalise on a host of promising positions.

The Windies skipper also drew parallels to his team's recent Test series against Australia, which also ended in a 2-0 reverse.

"We competed against Australia and should have won, but at crucial moments we faltered and crumbled and that's what happened again in England," he reasoned.

"We competed but we didn't compete for long enough over an extended period of time and hence we lost 2-0.

"If you subtract the sessions when we were really bad, we were up there competing."

Sammy could nevertheless reflect on plenty of positives.

"Looking at the three Test matches, we scored over 320 with our top-order not contributing," he added.

"To do that was a plus for us. I remember watching England against India and India had a strong batting line-up and didn't get past 300 in 10 innings I think (it was actually eight), so credit to the guys who went out there and performed well for the team."

Further encouragement was provided by the tourists' display on days three and four in Birmingham, which saw them post 426 all out before restricting England to 221 for five.

Darren Sammy

"We competed but we didn't compete for long enough over an extended period of time and hence we lost 2-0," Darren Sammy said

West Indies' total was boosted by an astonishing 10th-wicket stand between centurion Denesh Ramdin and Tino Best, who plundered 95 - comfortably the highest score by a Test number 11.

"We said we would come here with a never-say-die attitude and that last-wicket partnership was just a perfect example of the attitude we have," explained Sammy.

"It was great to watch and on that same flat wicket we got five wickets. With more play, you never know what could happen."

Pressed on the outstanding efforts of Best, Sammy continued: "We all know what Tino Best is like. Whatever he does, you can guarantee it will be exciting and full of drama.

"I remember in the morning, when we were warming up, the coach said, 'Tino I need a 25 from you today and I am not talking about 25 overs - I know you can give me that'.

"He went out there and gave the coach 95; that was really pleasing to watch."

Best was predictably buoyant, having delivered a man-of-the-match display in his first international appearance since September 2009.

"The innings was good, I just really tried to put my head down and execute, respect the balls in good areas, back myself and back my ability," he said.

Asked if he had expected to represent West Indies again prior to this week, Best replied: "I always had the doubt.

"My inspiration honestly came from 'Fire in Babylon'. My people back in Barbados in my community just telling me, 'don't give up, you can bowl quick'.

"(They said) don't sulk about not playing for West Indies, try to perform on a consistent basis for Barbados and you give yourself an opportunity to get that chance.

"I just put my head down, ran in quick for Barbados and people took notice and said, 'I think he's a bit more mature than before' and I got my chance."

Best also drew laughter from the assembled media - and his skipper - when questioned on whether he expected to be promoted up the batting order following yesterday's heroics.

"I'll try to break my own record at number 11," he said with a grin.

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