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West Indies will cope without Bravo, Sarwan, says King

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RAWALPINDI, Dec 4 (Reuters) West Indies coach Bennet King believes his side will rise to the occasion in the five-match one-day series in Pakistan despite losing key men Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Sarwan was ruled out of the one-day series with a hairline fracture of his right foot sustained on the last day of the final test while all-rounder Bravo was released from the team for personal reasons.

''I am confident of the side coming good but it will test us as a team as they have been our key one day performers over the past six to 12 months,'' King said ahead of tomorrow's opener in Rawalpindi.

Sarwan and Bravo have been key performers in the good form shown by West Indies in recent one-day tournaments, which saw them reaching the finals of the DLF Cup in Malaysia and the Champions Trophy in India.

In both finals they were beaten by world champions Australia after defeating them in both tournaments in the group stages.

''The players coming in for the series bring with them freshness and energy after what's been a long tour for us,'' King said.

The Australian said that Pakistan were formidable opponents at home but the West Indians had improved in the one-dayers since being beaten 3-0 at home last year by Pakistan.

INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT ''We feel that we have improved individually and as a team since our last meeting with Pakistan,'' King added.

''Sarwan is one of the leading batters in the one-day game and he has proved that over a long period of time and has been a key to our past successes.'' ''Bravo was adapting to different roles within our side and it's unfortunate that we can't build on those but where one door shuts another one opens.'' The first game is likely to be affected by bad weather as heavy rains and cold weather has left parts of the Rawalpindi outfield covered in water with more rain forecast for tomorrow.

REUTERS PDS BD1630

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