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WI coach warns team against Indian spinners

cricket Updated: May 27, 2011 11:07 IST

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Wary of India's lethal spin attack, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has advised his batsmen to rotate the strike quickly while negotiating the slow ball bowlers of the World champion side in the upcoming tour.

The Caribbean batsmen had struggled against the Pakistani spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Hafeez and Abdur Rehman in the Test and ODI series, and Gibson wants his players to learn from the mistakes and perform better against India.

West Indies lost the ODI series against Pakistan 2-3 and drew the Test series 1-1.

India, top ranked Test team, will begin its Caribbean tour on June 4 with a one off Twenty20 clash, which will be followed by a five match ODI series and three Tests.

While Harbhajan Singh is certain to figure in both the Test and ODI series, leg spinner Amit Mishra and off spinner Ravi Ashwin have so far been included for the One-dayers.

Indian spinners have shown good form in the IPL, but Gibson believes his side can compete well against them.

"It is not a lot of time but we got a lot of players that have played the spin and made runs against spin before. People just have to be clear what their game plan is against spin and back themselves and their ability," Gibson said.

The coach, though, advised his players to not let the spinners bowl too many dot balls.