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Windies out to build on T20 win

West Indies will hope to build on their ICC World Twenty20 win when they begin their Test series against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

There are high hopes that the Windies' success in Sri Lanka last month can act as a springboard to greater things in the longer forms of the game.

While no one is getting carried away that the current crop can go on to emulate the all-conquering West Indies sides of the 1970s and 1980s, it would not be too optimistic to think they can improve on their current Test ranking of seventh.

A two-match series against ninth-placed Bangladesh is unlikely to set the pulses racing but two conclusive victories on the sub-continent would at least serve notice of intent.

Twelve months ago they claimed a 1-0 victory over the Tigers courtesy of a 229-run triumph at the Shere Bangla National Stadium - the venue for the first Test starting on Tuesday - following a stalemate in Chittagong.

"Last year, we came here and came out on top. This year, we are planning to do the same thing," seamer Ravi Rampaul told reporters in Mirpur.

"We have to keep believing in ourselves and we will come out on top again."

This time around, the tourists will have explosive batsman Chris Gayle in their ranks.

The 33-year-old returned to the West Indies' ranks earlier this year after a well-chronicled 15-month impasse with the country's cricket board and registered a century in the Test series win over New Zealand.

He will enter the match in confident form and his mood should be boosted by the fact Bangladesh have not played a Test in 11 months and were knocked out of the World Twenty20 in the group stages.

Their poor run of form means there are opportunities for fringe players to nail down regular first-team spots but they may be relying on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal.

"Competition for places can only be a good thing for the Bangladesh team," said batsman Shahriar Nafees.

"We have some of it happening for some positions, and the more it happens, the team will get better results."