Hooper, Ganguly may pin hopes on pacers in 5th Test

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2002, 19:28 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica): India and the West Indies are pinning their hopes on fast bowlers in the vital fifth and final cricket Test, starting at Sabina Park here on Saturday.

West Indies skipper Carl Hooper said he would like to go into the match with four pacemen on a grassy pitch expected to favour fast bowling, while India named seamer Tinu Yohannan in a 12-member team. "It looks a good, sporting track. I hope it'll be a good Test match. We didn't include a spinner even in the last Test at Antigua, so I feel we should play with four fast bowlers. But, the selections will decide the playing 11," Hooper said on Friday. "I think we'll have a result in this match. I hope the Test lasts five days and doesn't end in three," said Hooper, whose first win as captain came at this venue against South Africa last year. "We played with three fast bowlers and one spinner against South Africa last year. We've that option, but the four quickies have been doing well for us this season," Hooper said. The West Indies owed its lone success of the series to fast bowlers, with Mervyn Dillon finishing with an eight-wicket match-haul to wreck India on a bouncy track at Bridgetown. India captain Saurav Ganguly also was looking forward to an inspiring performance from his fast bowlers. "It looks a good wicket, though it has grass on it. We want to have one more look at the pitch in the morning before deciding whether to include Yohannan in the playing 11. Our fast bowlers are fresh after a couple of days of rest and I hope they deliver," Ganguly said. The Indian captain said he was confident opener Shiv Das and Sachin Tendulkar would score big in the last Test of the tour. Das has scored just 81 in the previous four Tests, while Tendulkar has made eight in his last four innings, including three noughts. "Tendulkar is a world-class batsman and I'm sure he'll come good this time. Das is struggling for the first time in his Test career, but he's a good opener and will soon regain form," Ganguly said.

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