Brian Lara has given the assurance that West Indies will not
experiment with their batting in the International Cricket
Councils Champions Trophy.
Lara tinkered with the line-up during the DLF Cup Tri-Nation
Series, but he said on Tuesday in view of the importance of
the Champions Trophy, he would be putting the best 11 on the
is no question of experimentation in the Champions Trophy,
are done keeping in view the importance of match and tournament.
This is a mini-World Cup and being the defending champions
were also under pressure and so we will field our best
tried some experiments in the DLF Cup tri-series. But we performed
well against the top two teams of Australia and India.
West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are competing
for the two spots available in the Champions Trophy main draw.
Despite being labeled as one of the favourites to make to
the main draw, Lara said he was taking nothing for granted.
and Bangladesh were also capable of upsets. Bangladesh has
even defeated World Champions Australia. We cant commit
such mistakes, Lara stressed.
West Indies, defending champions after beating England by
two wickets two years ago in a dramatic final at the Oval,
showed decent form in reaching the final of the recent DLF
Cup, before losing to World champions Australia.
And while the teams batting remains a source of concern,
Lara said he was focusing an getting an improvement in every
facet of his teams performance.
did not play much before the DLF Cup. but still our batsmens
performance was not bad, he pointed out.
have to look at every aspect of our game, whether it is batting,
bowling or fielding, to win the trophy again. Matches are
won by all round display of skills.
Lara said West Indies were also looking forward to next years
Cricket World Cup and felt his team would get better as the
have to play a lot of cricket before the World Cup, so well
Champions Trophy we have to play Pakistan and then there is
also a tri-series in India. We have a lot of time to prepare
for the World Cup, Lara noted. (CMC)