West Indies v India, 5th ODI, Kingston June 16, 2011

Barath keen to make return count

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West Indies opener Adrian Barath, who has been recalled to the national side for the final ODI against India in Jamaica, is keen to forge a successful partnership with fellow opener Lendl Simmons.

"We have come a long way together," Barath said. "I [have] played with him from my first outing on the first-class stage and we enjoy batting together. I have been playing together with Lendl for a few years now and we have a very good understanding. This will be our first time playing together for the West Indies and I see this as a great opportunity and we will be looking to do the job in the middle."

Simmons, a fellow Trinidadian, has been in good form for West Indies. He is the team's leading scorer with 171 runs from the four ODIs played against India so far.

Barath, the 21-year-old opener, has been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the 2011 World Cup. He recently spent a week practicing at the Sagicor High Performance Centre and said that he was working hard on his physical fitness. "I was with the team when the matches were played in Trinidad, so I had a few hits in the nets with the other members of the squad. I feel I'm in good form and I'm hitting the ball quite well.

"During the time off I worked hard on my game and also on my physical fitness. Things have come together very well. It is very good back to be representing West Indies and, as always, I'm looking to put in a good performance out there in the middle."

Though India have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the ODI series, Barath, who has played eight ODIs and averages 32, said the final game would be a good opportunity to get among the runs ahead of the Test series. "Even though we have lost the series, we will be looking to win the match and take some form and confidence into the Test series which starts here next week. As a player you always want to do your best when you take the field, so every match counts."

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  • kaydi on June 16, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    it was about time for Barath top be back on the team

  • srtt on June 16, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Good luck to Barath today! He should also make the top order more formidable vs spin as he's from tdad where they are traditionally more eposed to quality spinners.

  • cablemannpete on June 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Well I see the WI winning this match,I think with the addition of Barath their batting is stronger,Barath,Simons,Sarwan,Bravo,Samuels,Russell,baugh,Pollard,Rampaul,Sammy,bishoo This is a formidable line up. The indians are not as good against the fast bowlers and 3 quicks with batting from 1 to 10 and really roach and rampaul can hold their own with the bat. I see WI going somewhere this is a formidabe team just think if Gayle had this team there would be great batting from 1 to 9 with pollard,russel,Simons and gayle, being all rounders very formidable team. India has a hard job on their hand with this Team they need GAYLE

  • jonfox6020 on June 16, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Great to see Barath back. It looks like both him and Simmons will open for the test series. Good opening pair, both young players and maybe our future opening pair??? I hope that Chanderpaul comes back for the test. I think our best team for the test will be ad follows; Barath, Simmons, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Ramdin, Taylor, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo. Martin,Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Edwards on the bench. There is also another option, if Ramdin is not picked let Darren Bravo keep and bring in Pollard. I think he deserves a try in test. He offers the skills of bowler, fielder & batsman. PETITION FOR THE WICB BOARD TO RESIGN!!!

  • dummy4fb on June 16, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    This game certainly counts as a 3-2 score for india will be a horrible result, WI already embarassed pakistan in the last 2 games of their recent ODI series, lets see if they can do it again to india. I think india will win today, but with barath back for WI their batting looks a lot stronger

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