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West Indies to play for pride

Personal pride will motivate the West Indies in the third Test against New Zealand starting on Saturday even though the series is already lost.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 15:53 IST

Personal pride will motivate the West Indies in the third Test against New Zealand starting on Saturday even though the series is already lost, coach Bennett King said.

New Zealand won the first Test in Auckland by 27 runs and clinched the three-Test series when they won the second in Wellington by 10 wickets, but Bennett said the West Indies would not easily concede the third at McLean Park.

"An international cricketer has to be driven all the time," King said on Friday.

"We're certainly pushing the fact that everytime we go out on the field for the West Indies we're representing our people and their nations, and if that isn't reason enough then you don't deserve to be in the side. We truly believe this side are capable of much better than what they're doing."

New Zealand have also promised not to slacken its effort at Napier— the team moves on almost immediately to play the Proteas in South Africa and captain Stephen Fleming has also called for continued improvement in their performance.

"Napier's another chance to improve," he said. "We haven't got one eye on South Africa, we're giving all our attention to the third Test, but if we can keep improving in each area we'll go to the Republic in good shape.

"There's a lot of pressure coming from team management, from coach John Bracewell, about the areas we need to improve on and that's keeping things pretty testy in the dressing room.

"We all know that if we slip back and don't play as well, we'll be behind where we want to be in South Africa."

New Zealand will be back to full strength on Saturday with the return of fast bowler Shane Bond, who missed the Wellington Test with a viral illness.

West Indies strike bowler Fidel Edwards is expected to be fit after suffering a leg injury in Wellington and Jerome Taylor, who missed the second Test, is also close to full fitness. The poor form of Brian Lara, who has been out for scores of 5, 0, 1 and 1 in the series so far has been one of the compelling features of the series but King retains full confidence in Test cricket's leading run-scorer.

"In the four innings he's played, he's got out four different ways, so in terms of him having a weakness anywhere I'm not sure," King said. "I'm also not sure New Zealand know where they are going to get him out at the moment.

"Brian is the world's leading run-scorer and has as much passion for the game now and West Indies cricket as anyone else in our side. He's certainly got the passion to do well."

Teams:

New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (captain), Hamish Marshall, Jamie How, Peter Fulton, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris, Brendan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel.

West Indies (from): Shivnarine Chanderpaul (captain), Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Brian Lara, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Ian Bradshaw, Rawl Lewis, Fidel Edwards, Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Devon Smith.