Injuries plague Windies

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara has blamed injuries to key players for his side's failure to perform this year.

Trinidad:

West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara has blamed injuries to key players for his side's failure to perform this year. The West Indies lost a four-Test series in South Africa 3-0 in January, and conceded last month's home four-Test series to England by a record 3-0 for the first time since 1968. Bangladesh has arrived for a two-Test series expected to offer some local relief. Though dismal batting was at the core of the West Indies' flops against England, notwithstanding Lara's own record 400 not out in Antigua after the series was already decided, the skipper highlighted missing injured bowlers in his regular column for the Trinidad Guardian yesterday. Lara noted Jermaine Lawson, one of the region's fastest bowlers, whose action needed remedial work after he was reported against Australia a year ago when he strained his back, and off spinning all rounder Omari Banks, who departed from the South Africa tour with a back stress fracture. Also sidelined from that tour were fast bowler Jerome Taylor (back), and batsmen Wavell Hinds (groin) and Marlon Samuels (knee). None became fit enough to play England, but Lawson, Banks and Hinds have been named in warm-up matches against Bangladesh. (AP)

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