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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 October 2005, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Lara praises Windies team ethic
Brian Lara
Lara has endured a miserable run of form in Australia
Veteran batsman Brian Lara expects a young West Indies side to fare better against Australia than the world's best players managed earlier this month.

Lara was part of an ICC World XI that lost the Super Series Test by 210 runs.

"The World XI was not a bonded team and the West Indies will do much better simply because we've been playing together for quite some time," he said.

"A couple of us need some runs and some wickets before the first Test but most importantly the team is doing well."

Lara and his successor as captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul are the only two members of the West Indies squad over the age of 30.

But he has endured a miserable run since in Australia at the start of the month, failing to reach double figures in five of his six innings, making just one.

We've playing against a team that has just been humbled, losing the Ashes and they will be coming all-out
Brian Lara

The left-hander lasted five balls, making one, on Saturday but watched youngster Marlon Samuels hit 257 against a strong Queensland side.

And he hopes a change in bats will bring an up-turn in his own form ahead of the first Test, which begins in Brisbane on Thursday.

"I don't like exactly how a couple of them are hitting so a few are on their way from India and hopefully I'm going to get the right one," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"Unfortunately I didn't any runs but it was nice to see the younger players get some. It augers well leading up to the first Test."

Lara says his side have learned from watching England's approach to beating Australia, but is also expecting a backlash from the home side.

"We've playing against a team that has just been humbled, losing the Ashes and they will be coming all-out," he added.

"It's going to be a tough task to come here and win a series.

"But I think we can be very competitive and maybe play the sort of cricket England played - very aggressive."


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