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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, 10:26 GMT
Walsh tipping Windies to surprise
Fidel Edwards
He could be a handful if he can get things right
Walsh on Edwards
Ex-West Indies Test paceman Courtney Walsh believes the team could surprise Australia in this month's series.

The tourists' chances in the three-Test series starting in Brisbane on Thursday have been written off by the likes of fellow Windies great Michael Holding.

But they put in an encouraging display in the draw against Queensland.

And asked if the team could win one of the Tests, Walsh said: "Definitely, the way they've started would have given them a lot of confidence."

A sponsorship row saw the Windies deprived of many of their key players in their 2-0 series defeat in Sri Lanka in July.

With stars such as Brian Lara back to take on the Aussies, Walsh believes they could avoid a drubbing like the 5-0 whitewash they suffered on their last tour in 2000.

"It's the first time this team has played together in two or three tours because of politics," said the 43-year-old, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests.

"These guys have a chance to gel here, and I'm sure that they're going to play some good consistent cricket.

"They're up against the best team. It's going to be hard but if you want to make a mark you've got to play against the best."

Walsh is particularly looking forward to seeing fast bowler Fidel Edwards in action.

"He could be a handful if he can get things right," he said of the 23-year-old from Barbados.

"He swings the ball away and he's got some good pace."


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