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'No experimentation in Champions Trophy'

Skipper Lara says Windies will not change its batting order and play its best possible eleven.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:22 IST

Captain Brian Lara said West Indies would not experiment with its batting order and play its best possible eleven in the prestigious Champions Trophy cricket tournament.

"There is no question of experimentation in the Champions Trophy," Lara said.

"Experiments are done keeping in view the importance of match and tournament. This is a mini-world cup and being the defending champions we're also under pressure and so we will field our best eleven," he added.

The World's highest run-getter in Tests, however, agreed that their experiments were benefitial in Malaysia. "We tried some experiments in the DLF Cup tri-series. But we performed well against the top two teams of Australia and India."

Lara said an all round performance was needed to win the trophy again. "We did not play much before the DLF Cup but still our batsmen's performance was not bad.

"We'll have to look at every aspect of our game, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding, to win the trophy again. Matches are won by all round display of skills," he said.

Lara expressed hope that the team would improve further before the World Cup as they have to play a lot of cricket in the build up to the quadrennial event.

"We have to play a lot of cricket before the World Cup so we'll improve. After Champions Trophy we have to play Pakistan and then there is also a tri-series in India. We have a lot of time to prepare for the World Cup," he said.

Lara said West Indies have to qualify for the main draw and they would not take any opposition lightly.

"Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were also capable of upsets. Bangaldesh has even defeated World Champions Australia. We can't commit sucg mistake," he said.

First Published: Oct 04, 2006 10:25 IST