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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 16:47 GMT
Hooper stays calm
The covers are brought onto the Benoni pitch
Group B is now wide open
Captain Carl Hooper said West Indies might look back and "thank the weather" after their match against Bangladesh failed to reach a conclusion.

The Windies' hopes of progressing to the Super Six stage were dealt a blow when incessant rain meant they were forced to share the spoils with the Tigers.

The no result opens the door for South Africa in a tightly knit group B, but Hooper feels the Windies can benefit from the added pressure now on them.

"You can't do anything about the weather," was his philosophical response.

"This puts a little more pressure on us and maybe that's a good thing.

"Obviously we wanted the four points but we want to be in the sort of frame of mind when we play Sri Lanka to know that it's a must-win situation.

Carl Hooper looks on as Alok Kapali falls to his knees
The Windies were unimpressive with the bat against the Tigers

"When we come to play them and look back we might thank the weather."

Bangladesh, badly beaten in their first two games, were 31 for two chasing 245 when the heavens opened.

Although the Windies looked likely to win, Hooper was still critical of his side's batting.

"We obviously wanted to put up a better batting display against a side like Bangladesh.

"Given that the wicket wasn't the best batting wicket we still wanted to score 275-plus and 240-odd for nine was just about par.

"Hopefully we can get better against Canada and then the big one against Sri Lanka.

West Indies' opening duo of Wavell Hinds and Chris Gayle were again exposed, with the latter going for a duck.

It is the third time in a row they have failed, and Hooper admits it is a problem.

We might have to stick a right-hander up into the top four
Carl Hooper

"We're getting a little bit worried up top with the two openers," he said.

"I think it's very important to get some starts, even if not flying starts but we continue to lose early wickets.

"But I'm sure Wavell and Chris will try to knuckle down for the next game."

The Windies' top four batsmen are all left-handers, a potential weak spot Hooper said team management was considering changing.

"We were thinking about making some changes for this game but decided to hold it and see how things panned out," he said.

"Coming up against Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas is going to swing the ball away from the left-hander.

"We might have to stick a right-hander up into the top four."

Hooper himself would be a candidate, but the assured strokemaking of the impressive Ramnaresh Sarwan makes him a more obvious option.

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