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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 February, 2003, 14:43 GMT

Windies look for Bangladesh boost
Brian Lara
The Windies crumbed against New Zealand after the run-out of Lara
Group B, Bangladesh v West Indies, Benoni. Match starts 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

The West Indies can get their World Cup campaign back on track when they face under-fire Bangladesh.

Carl Hooper's side caused an opening game shock by beating South Africa but were brought back to earth by New Zealand last Thursday.

Another loss will put a serious dent in their Super Six ambitions, but West Indies can expect to restore their confidence against a hapless Bangladesh outfit.

With three victories from 63 one-dayers, Bangladesh suffered a humiliating loss to Canada last week and have not won since beating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup.

Their toothless attack should be to the liking of the West Indies' enigmatic batting line-up, which collapsed chasing a realistic target against the Black Caps.

Coach Roger Harper feels the two-time World Cup winners can regain the winning thread on Tuesday.

We have already flushed it out of our system and are putting things in place to move on
Brian Lara on loss to New Zealand

"The win over South Africa put Windies on the right track, but we had a stroke of misfortune against New Zealand when Brian Lara was involved in an unfortunate run out," he said.

"We need to be slightly more consistent and we're seeking to put that aside and get back on course with a win over Bangladesh."

West Indies triumphed in a Test and one-day series in Bangladesh two months ago, and star batsman Brian Lara hopes of another landslide.

"With all due respects to the minnows, we have to score emphatic wins against them, since we do not want to face a situation like we did in 1996 when we went out because of run rate," Lara said.

Bangladesh celebrate a Canada wicket taken by Mashrafe Mortaza
Mortaza, in the wickets against Canada, will not play against the Windies

The Windies are boosted by the return of batsman Marlon Samuels, who was rushed back into the squad after a surprisingly quick recovery from injury, and Corey Collymore plays in place of Nixon McLean.

But paceman Pedro Collins has been ruled out with a back injury.

"We're hoping to have him back for the Sri Lanka game," team manager Ricky Skerritt said of the left-armer, who made way for Nixon McLean against New Zealand.

The pressure on Bangladesh following their 60-run loss to Canada redoubled with a 10-wicket thumping at the hands of Sri Lanka.

Coach Mohsin Kamal fears for his job, while Bangladesh's continuing poor form has prompted many to question the validity of their Test-playing status.

"We know our reputation is on the line," said captain Khaled Mashud.

"Our batting has been terrible. It's a huge disappointment to see the top-order batsmen throw away their wickets."

Right-arm opening bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will be replaced by Talha Jubair after stepping on a ball during training and turning his ankle.

Mortaza was due to have an X-ray on Monday.

Bangladesh (from): Hannan Sarkar, Al-Sahariar, Ehsanul Haque, Khaled Mashud (captain), Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Sanwar Hossain, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Rafique, Manjural Islam, Tapash Baisya, Talha Jubair.

West Indies (from): Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Brian Lara, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carl Hooper (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ricardo Powell, Ridley Jacobs, Vasbert Drakes, Nixon McLean, Merv Dillon.

Hooper pleads for big win
17 Feb 03 |  West Indies

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