EMERGING HERO: Ridley Jacobs must have been the best-kept secret in the Caribbean for a decade. Since Jeff Dujon retired West Indies wicketkeepers have come and gone but Jacobs was ignored. At 31, he was at last picked for the ill-fated South African tour and took to it immediately. Jacobs is a stupendous catcher and otherwise admirably unfussy. His batting reflects this and he has solved a long-term problem.
ACHILLES' HEEL: The prospect that Lara, whose wrist is obviously causing him discomfort, may not be fully fit because the injury has not been fully rested. Without him they could easily crumble.
HISTORIC POINT: Lord's, 21 June 1975, the first World Cup final, West Indies v Australia. On a long, hot day West Indies, with a century from captain Clive Lloyd and an impeccable fielding performance, won by 17 runs. More please.
SILLY POINT: And they say England are wary of youth. West Indies have eight players over 30, two of them making their tournament debut.
RECORD: 1975 winners; 1979 winners; 1983 runners-up; 1987 1st round; 1992 1st round; 1996 semi-final.
SQUAD: B C Lara (capt), S Chanderpaul, R Powell, S C Williams, R D Jacobs, S L Campbell, K L T Arthurton, P V Simmons, C E L Ambrose, C A Walsh, J C Adams, H Bryan, M V Dillon, N O Perry, R D King.
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