Hooper warns Indians of surprises in remaining ODIs

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2002, 20:11 [IST]
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Port of Spain (Trinidad): West Indies skipper Carl Hooper on Friday warned India to be prepared for a few surprises in the last two One-day Internationals at the Queen's Park Oval here.

The West Indies is in a must-win situation after losing the third match by seven wickets at Bridgetown in Barbados on Wednesday. The first two One-dayers of a five- match series were rained off without a ball being bowled in Jamaica. "We're capable of winning both the matches and the series," said Hooper ahead of the fourth game starting on Saturday. "There might be changes in the batting order or we might replace a fast bowler. I'm not going to tell anything now. Wait till tomorrow, we've some surprises for the Indians." Left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins, who thrice dismissed master batsman Sachin Tendulkar in a recent Test series, is likely to be included in the playing 11 in place of Corey Collymore. "He (Collins) has regained fitness after being down with fever and might be included in the squad. He bowled really well in Tests and we expect our bowlers to restrict India whose main strength is batting," Hooper said. The West Indies captain said he had also been looking forward to an improved performance from his batsmen after the Bridgetown defeat. "We just didn't bat properly in the last game," he said. "I won't say we were mentally switched off in the previous game after winning the Test series, but we don't want that to happen again. "India would like to win the One-day series and we'll have to stop them. It looks a good One-day wicket and if we bat well we can put pressure on the Indians. "It's important for the specialist batsmen to perform because our main problem is we don't have all-rounders, while the Indian batting has depth." Hooper said he hoped Brian Lara would regain form in the last two matches. Lara scored just 202 runs with two half-centuries in seven Test innings and five in the last One-dayer against the tourists. "It's never too late. I hope he regains form because he can win a match for us. We're all humans. Perhaps it's one of his slumps, but I'm sure he'll soon be at his best." India skipper Saurav Ganguly told teammates not to relax after gaining a 1-0 lead in the series. "The West Indies is playing at home and capable of coming back and winning the series. It's an important game for us and we'll have to play well to win it," he said.

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