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West Indies richer by experience: Sarwan

BRIDGETOWN, JUNE 14. The recent experience of playing against England in the Caribbean should boost the West Indies' chances as the team sets off for a summer tour of the country, vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan said on Sunday.

``We know a lot more about them,'' Sarwan said before the team boarded a flight to London. ``Obviously the conditions are going to play a big part. But I think we have a fair idea of what their players are capable of doing.''

England beat the West Indies 3-0 in the four-Test series in April to give England its first victory in a rubber in the Caribbean since 1968. The one-day series that followed finished level at 2-2.

Coach Gus Logie said that he was happy his team approached the upcoming challenge with confidence despite lacklustre times of late.

``At the end of the day, the belief system has to be high,'' Logie said. ``We as officials have to work doubly hard to make sure the players are motivated.''

The West Indies' first major commitment in England is the triangular series of one-day internationals that also features New Zealand and runs from June 24-July 10.

Sarwan, who turns 24 in less than two weeks, said he and his fellow batsmen would be crucial to West Indian chances.

``Our batting will have to step up,'' the right-hander said. ``It's going to be the main thing in the series and if we bat well it should be a good series for us.''

Sarwan is one of 11 players in the 15-man squad who are 25 or younger. Only captain Brian Lara, 35, wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs, 36, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 29, and Ian Bradshaw, 29, are older than that.

Sarwan is convinced, however, that he and his fellow prospects can quickly make their mark on the tour.

The one-day series is followed by four Tests between the West Indies and England. The first Test is at the Lord's ground from July 22-26.

The West Indies one-day squad:

Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (vice-captain), Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Ricardo Powell, Ridley Jacobs, Carlton Baugh Jr., Dwayne Bravo, Ian Bradshaw, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best, Jermaine Lawson. — AP

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