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Windies batsmen must look for 250

Batsmen must look for innings totals of 250 and greater to be successful on the flat and hard Australian tracks, Brian Lara said.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Hobart (australia)
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2005 08:37 PM IST

West Indies batsmen must look for innings totals of 250 and greater to be successful in this month's triangular one-day cricket series with Australia and Pakistan, skipper Brian Lara said on Sunday.

The West Indies exploited pace-friendly conditions on their way to their surprise victory over England in the ICC Champions Trophy in England last September.

But the flat, hard Australian tracks present an altogether different prospect.

"We worked really hard in our camp in Barbados in December but I don't think it's enough," Lara said on Sunday.

"I've still seen a lot of loopholes in our fielding and our bowling — it's not the ICC tournament, it's not September in England where conditions favour our fast bowlers.

"We've got to understand that it's going to be 250-plus the majority of the time and our batters have got to understand that we've got to get those totals.

"If you're batting first or if you're chasing you've got to overcome that."

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