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Lara calls for better pitches at home

Misled by the wicket at St Lucia, the skipper said that WI needed more sporting pitches.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 11:24 IST

Captain Brian Lara was not just relieved that the West Indies had not fallen behind India after two of the matches in the four-Test series.

He was positively beaming after his personal effort, aided no doubt by the weather gods, enabled West Indies to save the second Test on Wednesday. It was a similar story in the first Test in Antigua, which also the West Indies saved by the skin of their teeth.

"We are buoyant that we are still level," said Lara at the end of the second Test at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. "We are looking forward to the next 10 days of cricket."

The third and fourth Tests are scheduled for St Kitts (June 22-26) and Kingston, Jamaica (June 30-July 4).

But Lara also made a call for better pitches in the two venues. He was particularly disappointed with the wicket here, especially being misled by a little bit of green which made the West Indies drop spinner Dave Mohammed from the playing eleven.

"I'd like to see fair pitches in St Kitts and Jamaica," said Lara. "After the first two days here, we (our batsmen) couldn't do much because of the pitch. It was a wicket, which the Indians are used to, in Mumbai or Chennai.

"We need sporting pitches, pitches that help cricket itself."