Indian tour not helping World Cup preparations: Hooper

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2002, 23:56 [IST]
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Baroda: West Indies skipper Carl Hooper said on Sunday the ongoing One-day series against India was not helping preparations for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

"It's good to see most of our batsmen among runs, but the conditions here are totally different from those in South Africa," Hooper said ahead of Monday's fifth One-day International match. "I won't call it the right preparations for the World Cup where we are going to face different conditions altogether," he said. The seven-match series is currently tied 2-2, with the West Indies winning the first two games at Jamshedpur and Nagpur and losing the next two at Rajkot and Ahemdabad despite scoring 300 or more runs. "Any total is gettable in Indian conditions," said Hooper. India stunned the tourists by successfully chasing the third-biggest total of 324 in One-day Internationals with five wickets and 14 deliveries to spare in the day-night match at Ahemdabad to square the series on Friday. "Indian wickets have always been batsmen-friendly. There's not much scope for bowlers," said Hooper. Indian captain Saurav Ganguly echoed Hooper's sentiments, saying the tracks had so far not favoured bowlers. "The teams chasing totals have so far won matches in this series," said Ganguly. "The pitches are not bowler-friendly. This wicket is also hard and bouncy. I don't think it will be much different on Monday. "There is no scope for any game-plans especially on such tracks. Trends change frequently. All we have to do is to play according to the situation and hope for the best." "Ryan has injured the knee ligament and Samuels is not completely fit after he was injured while taking a single during the last match," said Hooper, who will miss his team's upcoming tour of Bangladesh as he undergoes surgery for a long-running knee complaint. "I am keen to be fit in time for the World Cup," said Hooper.

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