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Hooper upbeat about series

Bangalore: With all the batsmen helping themselves to good scores in the three-day match against Board President’s XI, West Indian captain Carl Hooper Sunday said his team was now confident of doing well in the Test series against India.

“I am very happy. It was a good one (match) for us,” Hooper said at the end of the match. “It is important that we bat for longer periods of time,” he said looking ahead at the three-match Test series which starts in Mumbai on Wednesday.

“We think we can do well. We are looking forward to the first Test. This (the performance in the three-day match) was a good way to launch the Indian tour,” he said.

Stressing that his team had taken the three-day game “very positively”, the captain said West Indies was hoping to continue the winning trend that started in their home series against India.

“We will win the series or draw it. At the end of the day, if we play well... We will win.”

Hooper, however, didn’t give any hint about the likely composition of his team for the first Test. He added the eleven will be finalised in consultation with the chairman of selectors Viv Richards, coach Roger Harper and vice-captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul. (PTI)

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