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'Lara's captaincy made the difference'

The former Windies skipper Jimmy Adams said that the young WI team was responding well to its captain.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 12:43 IST

The return of Brian Lara to the helm of affairs was the key behind the sterling show of West Indies in the recent one-day cricket series against India, according to former captain Jimmy Adams.

Adams said that the young players of the side looked up to Lara and were responding well to the batting great.

"Having Brian back as captain has made a big difference. The youngsters have responded to him and that's good to see," he said.

Adams relished the recent performance of West Indies who clinched the series 4-1 against favourites India.

"Really, this is the first time in a long time that it looks as though we've got a team on the park," he said.

Pleased with the performance of middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, Adams said the willower's consistency was vital for the team.

"Ramnaresh has strung some big scores back-to-back in this series. It's what we've been looking forward to for a long time from him."

"We've always known he was capable of getting big scores. It's just that elusive consistency that had been lacking and he seems to have turned the corner," Adams said.

On the latest West Indian hero Dwayne Bravo, Adams said it was a good sign that the youngster was maturing quickly.

"He only came into international cricket a couple of years ago but he's so talented and looks to be maturing very quickly which is a good sign," he said.