Cricket: Heat on West Indies

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Glenn McGrath will further strengthen Australia's one-day bowling attack when he returns to the line-up today against the West Indies in the second match of the World Series.

The 6ft 6in paceman was rested by Australia in Friday night's opening World Series victory against the West Indies, and the Australian captain Mark Taylor has vowed to keep the pressure on the tourists. "In one-day cricket if you leave out one of your strike bowlers it doesn't necessarily mean you lose that much compared to Test cricket," Taylor said. "We've got Tom Moody to bat lower down, and he did a very good job for us with his seamers on Friday."

Australia, who hold a 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series, overhauled West Indies' total of 172 all out with eight balls to spare. Brian Lara, disciplined by his tour manager Clive Lloyd last week after telling the Australian coach Geoff Marsh that the Australian vice-captain and wicketkeeper Ian Healy was unwelcome in the visitors' dressing-room, was dismissed for five.

The all-rounder Greg Blewett, signed for Middlesex this summer, steered his side to victory with an unbeaten 57 in 90 balls.

The West Indies could be without their batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul today after he suffered a groin strain while top-scoring with 54 on Friday.

Pakistan, due to arrive in Australia on Wednesday for the one-day triangular competition, have recalled the opener Aamir Sohail for their 15-strong squad. Sohail, dropped from the present Test and one-day series against New Zealand, has played in 112 limited-overs games, scoring 3,672 runs. The 30-year-old has also taken 67 wickets with his left-arm spin.

The Pakistan selectors have banked on a battery of pace bowlers for hard and bouncy Australian wickets, including 20-year-old Muhammad Zahid, who claimed 11 wickets on his Test debut against New Zealand.

India's spinners are expected to prosper on a turning wicket in the deciding third and final Test of their series against South Africa, which begins in Kanpur today. But South Africa's morale is high after a rousing victory in the second Test at Calcutta.