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'I am not asking for any pitches now': Lara

Written by: Staff

Kingston, Jamaica, June 29 (UNI) After raising concerns over the quality of pitches in the previous three Tests, West Indies skipper Brian Lara said he would not demand a track of his choice for the fourth and final Test here as his team was prepared for any kind of surface.

''I am not asking for any pitches now,'' Lara said.

''At the end of the day you hope to see something when you arrive but you have to play on what you get and we've played pretty well on what we've got,'' he added.

Disappointed that his side failed to capitalise on the chances that it got during the third Test, which like the previous two ended in a draw, Lara said he was hoping that his team would learn from its mistakes and not repeat them in the last match of the series.

''Unfortunately we ran out of steam, I suppose after nine wickets, and the last wicket put on quite a few runs which sort of set us back,'' Lara said.

''These little opportunities in Test matches you need to grab and finish the opposition off. But all in all we put ourselves in winning positions and credit must be given to the Indians for fighting themselves out of it and actually having a little sniff of victory,'' he added.

Lara said he was concerned about the team composition for the last match but hoped that the selectors would give him a balanced side to lead.

''My only concern would be what sort of combination you would need going into the final Test. I don't know what the combination is going to be like come the last Test match.

''But I think again, if you want to get 20 wickets, you must pick the players where they can get those sorts of wickets but again it will be left up to the selectors and we'll see what's going to happen,'' he said.


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