Richie Richardson wants West Indies to win the third Test against New Zealand for Shane Shillingford
West Indies manager Richie Richardson wants his team to win the third Test against New Zealand for Shane Shillingford.
Last Updated: 17/12/13 8:59am
Shillingford, the Windies' leading wicket taker this year, has been suspended from all international cricket until he submits a fresh analysis of his action, while all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling his quicker deliveries.
New Zealand go into the third and final Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton - which starts on Wednesday evening UK time - with a 1-0 series lead after their huge win in the second Test in Wellington.
Richardson said: "We realise it's very important for us to focus on the Test match, we need to win this Test match, and we don't have Shane but we're going to do it for him.
"It's sad but you're playing at the highest level, you're playing international cricket, and you can't afford to go into a test match with things at the back of your mind.
"You've just got to focus on what's ahead of you, and our focus right now is to win this Test match and win it for Shane."
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was surprised by the ICC's findings, saying: "Though I felt confident about the way the two players performed at the testing, the report did not come back in our favour.
"Shane is obviously gutted, but Marlon's role in the team, as I have said previously, is primarily as a batsman, so the impact on him is a little bit less.
"They are both tough characters and have had their share of ups and downs in the game over the years. We have no doubt that they will emerge from this latest setback with the utmost confidence."