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Champion West Indies batsman Brian Lara is the worldÕs leading scorer in Tests, but has dropped in the ICC rankings to third.


BRIAN LARA sees his future role in the West Indies team as much as preparing the emerging, young players for the challenge of international cricket as compiling big scores.

"The youngsters have the ability but, at the international level, it's going to take more than ability," Test cricket's highest scorer and oldest contemporary player said after West Indies' tour of New Zealand ended with the abandonment of the rain-ruined third and final Test yesterday.

"The mental strength is important and that is really where I feel I come in as an experienced player, someone who has played in a winning team and now plays in a team that's not doing too well," Lara explained.

"The mental side of the team needs to be a lot stronger," he added. "The mental side of every individual needs to be a lot stronger and that is where they are going to benefit." < Read more >

 

CARNIVAL CATCH. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara (centre) played mas' among Bajan revellers, including former Barbados cricket captain Courtney Browne (right), as Carnival 2K6 came to a rhythmic and colourful climax at Queen's Park Savannah yesterday. Lara headed the eighth section of Island People's band The Enchanted Forest, which merged with the No. 7 section Illusions led by Baje International. 'Twas truly a Bajan-Trini mas'.

(Picture by Sandy Pitt.)

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara (centre) played masÕ among Bajan revellers, including former Barbados cricket captain Courtney Browne (right), as Carnival
Date February 05, 2006 Trinidad and Tobago cricketers as they won the regional first-class title for the first time in 21 years, beating Barbados by 264 runs at the Carlton Club yesterday. Carnival came early for the Trinidad and Tobago cricketers as they won the regional first-class title for the first time in 21 years, beating Barbados by 264 runs at the Carlton Club yesterday. Superstar batsman Brian Lara led the celebrations after the match ended, pouring champagne and beer over his teammates. The visitors started the match needing an outright win and they achieved it to finish level on points with Barbados. They took the trophy by virtue of winning the head-to-head encounter. Champions Trinidad and Tobago celebrating their capture of the Carib Beer Cup.

The Prince gave his subjects a taste of just what class batting is. Though finishing 46 runs short of a century, West Indies batting star Brian Lara still made the Carlton Ground in Black Rock the place to be.

Combining deft touches with sporadic bursts of power, Lara was one of three players from Trinidad and Tobago who made half-centuries, as Trinidad dominated the first day of their Carib Beer Series match against Barbados. Lara thrilled the crowd before a catch by Kirk Edwards, off a smashing cover drive, left the ground abuzz. He stood his ground, eventually leaving after umpires Tunley Franklyn and Eddie Nicholls confirmed it carried.

Compliments of the Nation News

June 6 2005

Thank you, 'SHEP': David Shepherd bade farewell to the Test arena with a special gift yesterday. Brian Lara (right) presented the highly-respected English umpire with the bat he used to crack centuries in the two Digicel Tests against Pakistan and Sabina Park and Kensington Oval. It carried the inscription: "Thanks for the service, the memories and the professionalism."

Brian Lara

MAY 2005

Brian Lara's excellent form in 2004 earned him three awards to help him dominate the First Citizens Bank WIPA 2004 Awards Function, which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Tuesday night.

Lara, who has been in prime form in 2004, a form which has extended to 2005, won the Test Cricketer of the Year, the 2004 International Cricketer of the Year and a special award for his record breaking 400 not against England at the Antigua Recreation ground. Lara scored 1178 runs at 58.90, in twelve test matches, with three hundreds and four fifties. < Read more>

Unbelievably, it actually took Lara 15 years to score a Test century against Pakistan.
But he got the elusive hundred in grand style with consecutive sixes against the highly-touted leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to join an elite band of batsmen to score centuries against every Test-playing country.
Previously, South African Gary Kirsten, Australian Steve Waugh and India's pair of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were the only ones to perform such a feat. < Read more >
Brian Lara

Sunday 10, April-2005 - by HAYDN GILL


South Africa captain Graham Smith (background) celebrating the big prize, after Brian Lara is bowled.
AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL – For half-hour yesterday morning, the mercurial Brian Lara was as hot as a raging fire in downtown Port-of-Spain.

For the remainder of the day, the West Indies only seldom reached boiling point again.

While Lara was blazing away when firefighters were trying to control the flames on the busy Frederick Street in the heart of the capital city, later in the day his bowlers could only provide the occasional sparks on the second day of the second Digicel Test against South Africa. < Read more>

 



 

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Makhaa Ntini celebrating Donovan Pagon's wicket. Ntini has taken 4/59. PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Brian Lara made a storybook return to the West Indies team yesterday, holding the home team’s innings together witha majestic unbeaten 159 that lifted his side to 281 for six at the end of the opening day of the Digicel second Test against South Africa.

Turning down an offer to play in the drawn first Test while three other players were ruled ineligible because of a sponsorship dispute, the former captain belied nine weeks without competitive cricket and saved the Caribbean team from complete collapse on a Queen’s Park Oval pitch noted for increasingly variable bounce. < Read more>

Brian Charles Lara got redemption with a glorious unbeaten hundred that dominated the opening day of the second Digicel cricket Test against South Africa at Queen’s Park Oval.In front of his adoring hometown fans in Trinidad yesterday, Brian Charles Lara got redemption with a glorious unbeaten hundred that dominated the opening day of the second Digicel cricket Test against South Africa at Queen’s Park Oval.

 


Brian Lara deserves special treatment on all three counts, new head coach Bennett King asserted HE’S the oldest, most seasoned and indisputably most vital member of the West Indies team and captain Brian Lara deserves special treatment on all three counts, new head coach Bennett King asserted yesterday.

“I think we’ve got to be very mindful of his longevity in the game and how we manage him so that we get the best out of Brian for as long as hewants to play,” King, the Australian who is the first foreigner to fill the post, said on the team’s arrival in Melbourne for the VB Series of One-Day Internationals against Australia and Pakistan.

“That’s the key for us at the moment,” King said, noting that the 35-year-old batting superstar, a veteran of 112 Tests and 244 ODIs, was still “enjoying his cricket”.

“We’ve just got to be aware that some people need to be treated differently,” King added. “Sometimes . . . when players start maturing, you need to also be adaptable for some of their needs. And the players around them need to understand that, too.”

“He’s hit ten million cricket balls in his career as it is, whereas a 20-year-old has probably hit about 200 000, so it is not going to take Brian that long to get into pretty good shape,” King explained. < Read more >

Sir Garry shows his support while being interviewed by the Nation News

Brooks LaTouche PhotographyBrian Lara, Ex-Captain of the West Indies team, addressed the Barbados Cricket Association's Awards ceremony this year with the following uplifting words...

 

"It is time that we focus on what is necessary to return the West Indies to the day when we are ambassadors and widely admired in the world of cricket. In this millennium, we must rediscover the pride and the courage of the earlier years.

We must rediscover, not only the ability to win but also the ability to compete courageously and retain our pride in defeat. No one remembers a loser in a lop-sided contest but a brave competitor receives accolades even in defeat."

On the eve of the first Test Match in Jamaica, Vaughan interviewed by the Guyana Chronicle stated.

Brian Lara West Indies cricket captain“Their captain, Brian Lara, is a phenomenally great player and we realise they are going to be a tough team to beat, but we just want to concentrate on our own team. "

Sir Viv Richards interviewed by the Nation News called for greater effort from players if the West Indies were to move out of the doldrums.

Kenisington OvalIt reached rock bottom on Saturday, falling for 94 at the hands of England at Kensington Oval, and losing in just three days. Three weeks ago they were all out for 47 in Jamaica.

They have a lot of ability, they are a very good team,” Sir Garfield said.

The 67-year-old legend rejected calls that Lara should be replaced as captain even though his team could concede their first ever series whitewash at home.

This year the West Indies have been bowled out for under 100 four times in the last seven Tests against England.

It was not just a loss, it was a heavy hammering. The West Indies were blasted out for 94 – the second-lowest score ever at Kensington Oval – and fell to a massive defeat by eight wickets. It was England’s first series victory in the West Indies since 1968.

Cricket captain Brian Lara has faced immense and intense pressure and criticism from all quarters since the West Indies defeat by England in the third test at Kensington Oval.

But the captain has vowed ...

All information courtesy of the Nation News.

Contributing writers Phillip Spooner, Tony Cozier, Hayden Gill and Andi Thornhill.

Photography Brooks LaTouche Photography

Brian LaraSeven-month-old Kenniah King on the lap of West Indies captain Brian Lara at an autograph-signing session yesterday. The West Indies team went to Town yesterday and hundreds of fans flocked to Cave Shepherd to get the autographs of their favourite players - Lara, Chris Gayle and local boys Corey Collymore, Tino Best and Ryan Hinds. Several of the other Bajans on the West Indies team, including brothers Pedro Collins and Fidel Edwards, as well as Dwayne Smith, were passing through and also got mobbed by fans for autographs and pictures.

Compliments of the Nation News

 
 
 


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