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Coach Wright slams World XI

Julian Linden | October 10, 2005 15:14 IST

Rest of the World coach John Wright [Images] has launched a stinging attack on his players after their dismal performance against Australia in the one-day series.

The former New Zealand [Images] captain and India coach said the world selection had not shown enough commitment in the series, which they lost 3-0.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're just looking for a hell of a lot more commitment and determination than we saw, particularly in the last match," Wright said.

"We're professionals and we have to play with pride in our personal and team performance and that's got to be happening in this Test match, that's what I'll be demanding.

Australia won the matches by 93 runs, 55 runs and 156 runs with the world team failing to bat out their 50 overs on each occasion.

West Indian Brian Lara [Images] managed just five runs in the series, while South African Jaques Kallis scored 21 and Englishman Kevin Pieterson 18 in two matches.

"The onus in this game has to be on the batters," Wright said.

"People want to get out there and stay at the wicket and make big scores, that's what we're going to need.

"We've got the players to do it and that's got to be the emphasis for the next few days."

The World XI's bowlers also suffered at the hands of a rampant Australia with England [Images] all rounder Andrew Flintoff [Images] finishing the series with the unflattering figures of 1-153 off 21.2 overs and South African skipper Shaun Pollock [Images] taking 2-148.

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Flintoff, player of the series in England's Ashes victory over Australia, said the world side had let themselves down.

"When you get picked for the World XI you want to play well, we didn't come here to embarrass ourselves or play poorly," he said.

"If we want to beat Australia we're going to have improve dramatically. I'm sure we can do but a few of us are going to have to come to the party."

Flintoff said it had been hard for the world players to build team spirit in such a short time but he was confident they would perform better in the Test, which starts on Friday.

"Playing with a bunch of blokes you have played with for a long time and then coming into a dressing room with people you don't necessarily know is going to be harder," he said.

"The one-day game is so structured and you have your own roles back in your country. A few players had to play outside those roles, whereas in Test cricket you just go out there and hopefully we will be a better Test side."

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