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November 20, 2012
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West Indies eyeing Edwards for second Test

Fidel Edwards ... could add more fire to WI attack. - WICB photo

KHULNA, Bangladesh, (CMC):

Despite their convincing victory in the opening Test on Saturday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes his side can still improve further, as they face Bangladesh in the second Test starting Wednesday (10:30 p.m. tonight Jamaica time).

West Indies brushed aside Bangladesh by 77 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka but needed a strong bowling effort after they were led on first innings and then also batted poorly in their second turn at the crease.

Speaking ahead of the encounter at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium which is hosting its first ever Test, Sammy said his batsmen were still struggling in the second innings and this was an area where they needed to step up.

"I would like us to improve our second innings batting. This is something that has affected us in the past, where we only bat well in one innings and don't back it up in the next," said Sammy.

"It was a much better effort in this Test, but it's still something we can improve. The guys who scored runs for us in previous Test series, like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and myself, we didn't get much in the first Test, yet we still got a big total, so it's good contributions are coming from different members of the team."

In Dhaka, West Indies piled up 527 for four declared with veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul getting an unbeaten double century but Bangladesh produced an excellent reply to reach 556 all out.

The Windies were then bundled out for 273, leaving the hosts with 245 to get for victory.

Fast bowler Tino Best snatched five for 24 to cripple Bangladesh late on the final day.

Sammy hailed the Caribbean side's bowling effort and said tour management was now mulling over including an extra pacer for the second Test.

"I think it was a good decision to play the extra bowler in the first Test. Veerasammy Permaul created some important breakthroughs for us. Neither (Sunil) Narine nor I bowled as well as we could in the second innings. The way Tino Best bowled and the way they played him, we may be tempted to play Fidel Edwards, since he too is quite pacy."

Saturday's victory was the third straight Test win for West Indies following their clean sweep of the two-match series against New Zealand during the summer.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy (left) and manager Richie Richardson are two happy men heading into the second Test against Bangladesh tomorrow (tonight 10:30 Jamaica time). West Indies lead 1-0 in the two-Test series. - WICB photo

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