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Lara hopes to claw the last Test

Brian Lara sets his eyes on winning the fourth and decider Test against India based on improved performance at the third Test.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 19:40 IST

West Indian captain Brian Lara has set his eyes on winning the fourth and final cricket Test against India, saying the improved performance in the last match will give his team the confidence to topple their higher ranked opponents in the decider beginning Friday.

"I think it's important that this match does not end in a draw as well," Lara said.

"To play four Test matches and end up with four drawn Test matches, it would be disappointing so I would really like to see the skill levels of the players both in batting and bowling and hopefully we'll have a good Test match," he said on arrival at the Norman Manley International.

India and West Indies have drawn the first three matches in Antigua, St Lucia and St Kitts and will have it all to play for when the final match of their four-Test series begins at Sabina Park.

Lara refused to agree that his side was not up-to-the-mark in the series so far but said their performance was improving and they were still in the series against India.

"We might have not performed at 100 per cent but I'm definitely seeing an improvement in the performances," Lara was quoted as saying by the 'Jamaica Observer' today.

"So I wouldn't say the team hasn't performed well... I would say we're improving slowly and the fact of the matter is that we're still in the series against India, who are higher ranked than us.

"With one Test match to go shows that there's some kind of performance enhancement in the way we have played so far.

India are currently ranked third in the ICC's Test rankings while West Indies are number 8.