Windies captain Lara hopes to bat away poor form

Published: Friday, May 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain:Brian Lara is not losing sleep over his poor form and the West Indies captain says while he would be happy to bat his way out of the slump, winning the ODI series against India tops his agenda for the time being.

''I'd love to get some runs but my main focus would be on winning the game. That is of utmost importance to me,'' Lara said.

''If I make a contribution with the bat, which I'm here for, I think it'll be great. I'll be working on scoring runs to ensure that the team wins, but at the end of the day the team's result is what it's all about,'' he explained on the eve of the fourth one dayer which is scheduled here later today.

''The guys are quite buoyant and happy with the way they are playing and we know exactly what we have to do, because we know it is important for us to win this series. That's our main focus right now,'' Lara told reporters.

The pitch at the queen's Park Oval here is cracking up but Lara seemed unperturbed by the fact.

''I think we have a strong 14. Our decisions are going to be based on our strengths and not really taking into consideration the pitch. We have got variety-spinners, seamers, out-and-out fast bowlers so we are going to pick our team according to our strengths and not what the pitch dictates.'' He lauded Ramnaresh Sarwan for his exploits with the bat but exhorted other team mates to stand up and be counted.

''We need an all-round effort. So far it has it has been match-winning efforts from one individual (Ramnaresh Sarwan) with the bat and guys played supporting roles, but I'd like to see that spread around a little bit more evenly if we can,'' Lara said.

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