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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 12:17 GMT
Davison doubts Kenya spin impact
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport in St Lucia

Canada captain John Davison
I don't think the wicket will pose too many problems for the big boys

Canada captain John Davison
Canada captain John Davison has told England and New Zealand they have little to fear from Kenya's spinners despite Wednesday's impressive showing.

Kenya's three slow bowlers shared five wickets to bowl Canada out for 199 on the way to a seven wicket-win.

Apart from left-armer Hiren Varaiya, Davison said: "I don't think there's a world-class spinner in their team. I don't think we played them very well.

"I don't think the wicket will pose too many problems for the big boys."

Kenya take on New Zealand on Tuesday and England the following Saturday and could qualify for the second round if they secure an upset in one of those match-ups.

Davison admitted the slow, low wicket in St Lucia favours bowlers who take the pace off the ball and had some advice for the Test-class batsmen who will play there on Friday.

"It was pretty difficult starting on that wicket against the spinners so it's up to the top order guys, if they're in, to get through," he said.

"On that wicket you can't just stay in the crease and block the ball.

Kenya spinner Hiren Varaiya (in sunglasses) celebrates a wicket
Davison feels Hiren Varaiya (in sunglasses) is Kenya's best spinner
"You've got to put them under a bit of pressure so using the crease, either coming down the wicket or punching down the ground, seems like a good idea to me."

Davison and his men must regroup quickly, with a game against England looming on Sunday.

But he admitted it would be a massive task for Canada to get through to the Super 8 phase after losing to their easiest opponent.

"Obviously we're going to have to do some work in the nets against the spinners and get our feet moving to them," he added.

"It's an opportunity missed for us. It's going to be pretty hard to have two good days against England and New Zealand.

"If we'd won this game we would have had a better chance - (needing) to beat one of them rather than two."

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