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Bravo a worry for West Indies

June 22, 2006 00:50 IST

West Indies will monitor the condition of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has a virus, before naming their team for the third Test against India, which starts on Thursday.

The teams meet at Warner Park, Test cricket's newest venue, with the four-match series at 0-0.

Bravo, who did not train on Wednesday, has enjoyed success with bat and ball on the tour.

He followed up a haul of four wickets for 40 with a polished half century in the first Test in Antigua and then helped rescue West Indies in St Lucia with a patient 47, ably supporting captain Brian Lara (120) as the home side pulled off a draw.

In both the Tests India piled up totals in excess of 500, only for the West Indies to avoid defeat.

"India has been accused by their press of not being able to take 20 wickets, we have the same problem," Lara told reporters on Wednesday.

"We seem to be putting ourselves under pressure whenever India get a big total."

"But we showed a lot of character, and if the tables can turn a bit in our favour things can be a lot more beneficial for us."

India are expected to bring in off spinner Harbhajan Singh for the first time in the series, leaving Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, VRV Singh and Shantha Sreesanth vying for two fast bowling places.  

Even though his team outplayed the West Indies for much of the first two Tests Indian captain Rahul Dravid was wary of writing off the opposition.

"Though we have played well in the first two Tests we cannot turn up in St Kitts and think it's going to be the same," India captain Rahul Dravid said.

Teams (from):

West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Runako Morton, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Pedro Collins, Corey Collymore.

India: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Dinesh Karthik, Shantha Sreesanth.

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