Lara wants better performance

Brian Lara

West Indies won the last ICC Champions Trophy, in England

West Indies captain Brian Lara admits his side need to make vast improvements if they are to progress past the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Windies crashed to a nine-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the final match of the qualifying round after batting first and posting a total of 80, their second lowest ever one-day score.

Lara said: “We have some issues in front of us that we have to address. If not, we are not going to last very long in this tournament. The guys are aware of that.

“We didn’t use the opportunity to bat first. I don’t think it was a pitch where you should make less than 100 runs. It was a bit of inept batting and something we just have to work on.

“It’s better to have a bad day in the competition today rather than later.”

With both teams already having qualified for the next round, the only issue remaining was to decide which groups they would progress to, and the loss ensured it was West Indies who would have the harder path.

They now go into Group A, alongside England, Australia and hosts India, but Lara is remaining upbeat.

He said: “We have played these two teams this year. Also, England is a team we have beaten and have a better record in the past few years.

“Australia, of course, is the best team in the world but we are optimistic about our chances. Now that we have got rid of this match, we just have to look forward.”

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