Windies promise fight at Adelaide

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Australia can expect an even tougher fight in the third cricket test beginning on Friday, says West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Windies promise fight at Adelaide

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Australia can expect an even tougher fight in the third cricket test beginning on Friday, says West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chanderpaul said several comebacks in the nine-wicket loss in the second test, most notably the 182-run partnership stand by youngsters Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin, raised hope for a "tougher, better" West Indies in the future. "When you see two young fellas out there doing the job the other guys are supposed to be doing out there, it's a big lift for us," Chanderpaul said on Monday. "We've seen the positives of this game already ... we get tougher, we get better. It's always nice to see the younger guys go out there and produce. It just raises everybody's spirit." Major hurdleBravo, 22, and Ramdin, 20, placed a major hurdle in Australia's charge to victory with a seventh-wicket partnership that forced the home side back in for a second innings. Century-maker Bravo missed selection for the first test in Brisbane. Chanderpaul said the Adelaide lineup was not finalized but with left-hander Wavell Hinds and fast bowler Jermaine Lawson both fit to return, nobody's place was guaranteed. "The guys are struggling right now," he said. "Everybody knows if you don't perform you won't get selected again." Samuels injuredWest Indies will be without Marlon Samuels for the third test due to a knee injury. "His MRI scans were encouraging since it confirmed no new damage,'' team physiotherapist Stephen Partridge said on Tuesday. "At this stage he would need to rest his knee for at least two weeks and in consultation with Marlon it was decided that the best place to achieve that would be at home in Jamaica." Samuels scored 257 runs in the opening tour match against Queensland in Brisbane but failed to make any impact in the first two tests from No. 6 with totals of 5, 17 not out, 5 and 29. His latest injury occurred when he was struck by a delivery from Australia fast bowler Brett Lee in the first innings at Hobart. Samuels was forced to bat with a runner and was clearly restricted in the second innings but still managed to last two hours at the crease. West Indies has not called in a replacement. (AP)



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