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Gros Islet: The instances of brothers playing together are rare; a half-brother replacing another in the squad is unheard of. Perverse as it may sound, the hamstring strain Fidel Edwards suffered couldn't have come at a better time for left-armer Pedro Collins.

I've been out for a couple of months because of a stress fracture," said Collins. "I'm pretty fit again. I've played a couple of first-class games for Barbados and picked up wickets. Unfortunately we lost in the finals (of the Carib Beer series) to Trinidad.

"I started preparing for the Twenty20 competition, keeping myself fit and in shape. Unfortunately my brother got injured. I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope I could follow in his footsteps. He's been bowling pretty well with good pace. I wish Fidel was here. Always good having him around. We spoke at the airport. He told me to watch my line because they have some pretty dangerous batsmen like Dhoni."

Control of line is what Collins will offer the West Indies bowling attack. Not express, the 29-year-old puts the ball "in the right place and moves it around." He also has a sharp bouncer that can surprise the batsman. "There aren't many quick wickets in the Caribbean, in fact pitches all over the world have slowed down. But as a fast bowler it's not about only pace. It's about control and accuracy, and that's something I'm good at."

How does he look at his future? "Hopefully I can be in the team as long as possible. Injuries can take you a couple of months, or even a year, to recover. So I'll like to be as fit as possible because I'm close to 30 and looking at around 4-5 years of cricket. I'm pretty experienced so my aim is to help the team in that aspect."

When India toured in 2002, he had the number of a certain Sachin Tendulkar, dismissing him three out of a possible five times. "When you've done well against them, your eager to play against them again," he said. "I'm pretty excited about it."

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