Windies not coping without key men - Ramdin

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014
Denesh Ramdin
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TEST TON: Denesh Ramdin acknowledges the crowd in Hamilton.

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An honest Denesh Ramdin says the West Indies need to make the most of a bad situation.

Pummelled in the test series by New Zealand, the Windies are on the verge of a one-day series defeat after consecutive losses ahead of today's fifth and final match in Hamilton.

The tourists began their visit without the dynamic duo of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard and further injuries have left the Windies well below full strength.

"It's not been good for us ... we have not been coping well with it," Ramdin said yesterday.

Their injury concerns mean legspinner Samuel Badree, all-rounder Andre Russell and batsman Andre Fletcher, brought in for the Twenty20 series starting on Saturday in Auckland, may be considered for today's encounter.

"There's seven senior players are not here at the moment. I'm sure if they were here we could have put on a better show," Ramdin said.

"Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels ... we really miss them and their experience."

Ramdin said yesterday that the tour had taken its toll.

"It's been a really long time away from home and the guys are looking forward to going home.

"But at the same time we're tuned up to go out and give a good showing tomorrow, which is very important.

"It has not been our best cricket on tour so far, but the series is 2-1 and the best thing for us to try and do is level it and get some confidence out of the series."

The wicketkeeper/batsman knows his side's fielding must improve from the shoddy effort in Nelson last Saturday to give them a chance today.

"Our fielding was not up to standard in the last game," he said.

"That's where we lost the game, cos we bowled pretty well until the 25th over and then in the last 25 overs we gave away runs in the field.

"The New Zealand team have been clicking in all aspects of the game - batting, bowling and fielding - so it's going to be a tough game and hopefully our top five batters can put some runs on the board."

Ramdin said the Windies' use of the new ball will be critical, and he was also hoping for some swashbuckling play.

"Jason Holder has been doing a job for us, Tino Best has to come to the party.

"Hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and play our natural Caribbean-style cricket. I believe we can finish off on a good note."

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