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South Africa: Cricket - Sammy the Latest Victim of Calypso-to-Collapso Era

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Darren Sammy has retired from Test cricket after being replaced as captain by Denesh Ramdin. It's been a long time coming and Sammy is merely the personification of years of decline.

Darren Sammy will not play Test cricket again. After being sacked as captain of the West Indies Test team, the charismatic all-rounder retired from the longest format of the game, perhaps knowing he would not be picked to wear whites ever again. Denesh Ramdin has been named his successor.

The fact that a 29-year-old who brandished a defying message to Sir Vivian Richards is considered the best candidate for the job speaks volumes in itself. Ramdin's tactical nous might be well recognised; he led the West Indies Under-19s to the World Cup final in Bangladesh in 2004, captained the A team, is the current T&T skipper, and was Sammy's most recent deputy. But a role model Ramdin is not. Yet there are very few others who could take on the role, and that is not too much of a surprise.

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