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Thursday, December 19, 2013

WELLINGTON - If Darren Sammy could, he would let you know what he really thinks about off-spinner Shane Shillingford being suspended over a dodgy bowling action.

But the West Indies cricket captain is biting his tongue, letting the International Cricket Council's process run its course while he is without the services of his close friend for the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton which starts on Thursday.

"I would have loved to say a lot of things, but I've always been a diplomatic guy so won't take part in that. We all have our personal opinions," he said.

Coach Ottis Gibson has said there are other bowlers around the world with worse actions than the 30-year-old Dominican, but Sammy is not prepared repeat those claims.

"I guess the coach has his opinions. I'd love to spill my guts out and say what I have to say. Wouldn't you love that?

"No matter what situation there is a procedure in which things are done. I've always been one who's stuck by the rules, I don't want find myself in any compromising situation."

He's backing the West Indies Cricket Board to deal with the issue, the second time that Shillingford has been sidelined and believes his mate can overcome the setback.

"He's been through that before and hopefully his mental toughness will carry him through," he said.

Shillingford remains with the team for the time being, but Sammy is encouraging him to go home early to be with his fiancee and family for Christmas and benefit from their support.

The side, still smarting from an innings and 73-run loss in Wellington, are determined to use Shillingford's omission as motivation as they seek to square the three-Test series.

"Our focus is to win this Test, and win it for Shane," team manager Richie Richardson said.