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Gibson: More runs required

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has called on his batsmen to step up in the third one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Bangladesh lead the five-match series 2-0 after successive wins in Khulna by margins of seven wickets and 160 runs.

To add to the tourists' woes, they were unable to train on Tuesday due to a general strike in Dhaka which kept the players indoors because of possible unrest.

Gibson said: "When we looked at the games we have played, there is a lot of room for improvement in all three disciplines. We just have not batted anywhere like we know we can bat.

"We had some meetings about the way we have batted so far, a very open and honest discussion, and I think everybody understands that our batsmen have to take more responsibility for the totals that we are going to achieve.

"I think it comes down now to people looking at themselves because we haven't become a bad side overnight and, from my perspective as coach, it's not all gloom and doom either."

Kieran Powell is in contention to come into West Indies' misfiring top order, most likely at the expense of Lendl Simmons or Dwayne Smith, while Veerasammy Permaul could make his ODI debut if an extra spinner is deemed necessary.

Seam bowler Abul Hasan's series-ending side strain means Bangladesh will be forced to alter their winning combination. Rubel Hossain or Shafiul Islam will replace Hasan.