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Murray wants Rampaul in WI line-up

By JOEL BAILEY Tuesday, March 25 2014

FORMER TRINIDAD and Tobago and West Indies wicket- keeper/batsman Deryck Murray is calling for a shuffling of the pack in the bowling department for the West Indies.

The West Indies began their title defence on Sunday with a seven-wicket defeat to India in a pitiful display.

The Windies were restricted to 129/8 with Chris Gayle hitting 34 and Lendl Simmons 27. Rohit Sharma (62 not out) and Virat Kohli (54) featured in a second-wicket stand of 106 to guide India home (130/3), with two deliveries to spare.

“The partnership (between Sharma and Kohli) was allowed to flourish too easily,” he said. “There did not seem to be much pressure on them.

“We know that our two main bowlers are going to be (Sunil) Narine and (Samuel) Badree,” he added. “There are all-rounders. I know (Krishmar) Santokie has a good record in regional (T20) cricket and he provides a little variety with his left-arm bowling, but you wonder if somebody tried and tested like (Ravi) Rampaul, with a little extra pace, may not be the alternative. I think overall, the weakest department in our team is the bowling. We don’t have too many alternatives.” On the batting, Murray described the overall performance as disappointing.

“I don’t think we got enough runs, we didn’t seem to bat with the urgency required,” he noted. “Having said that, we didn’t come out of it too badly in the sense that our net run-rate didn’t suffer too much because we managed to take the game into the last over, even though it was a substandard score.

“All is not lost for the tournament per se, but it just showed there needs to be far greater urgency and the need for preparation for the rest of the games,” added the former WI vice-captain.

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