Looking For Consistency

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West Indies captain Brian Lara admits his team must start to find consistency to mount a sustained bid in their own World Cup.

West Indies captain Brian Lara admits his team must start to find consistency to mount a sustained challenge in their own World Cup.
Lara's side launch the first World Cup to be held in the Caribbean when they take on Pakistan in the opening game in Jamaica today.
The West Indies showed their ability by reaching last year's Champions Trophy final but were bowled out for just 85 by India in a nine-wicket defeat in a warm-up match last week.
Lara said: "We talked about getting our act together. We tend to be unpredictable. This was not a one-off and it is something we are trying to stamp out.
"I'd prefer it if we were very consistent and not unpredictable, but the pressure of the situation sometimes gets to the team."
Lara, 37, insisted however that the team were far from complacent and would be ready for the first game at Sabina Park, Kingston.
"I don't think people should be so sarcastic about this team," he said. "And I don't agree about us being laissez faire."
Pakistan go into the game after victories in both of their warm-up matches but captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is taking nothing for granted.
"That can happen at any time and it doesn't mean we will underestimate the West Indies," Inzamam said. "We will just play the game as it comes."
The most controversial issue surrounding Pakistan has been the withdrawal of key fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, who both failed drugs tests last year but had bans overturned by the national board.
Inzamam insisted the team would cope well without them.
"Pakistan have played before without these two bowlers, and Asif has only been around the team for about a year," he said.
"It is a loss for the Pakistan team, but we have enough good bowlers to continue without them.
"There have been problems in the past as far as some injuries are concerned, but regarding preparations everything is in order and the team is looking forward to this World Cup."