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CARIBBEAN - cricket - Brian Lara 2006

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad to complete a 5-0 whitewash of the one-sided series. Here, the champions with skipper Brian Lara (second from right, front row) pose with their championship cheque. Picture: Brooks LaTouche Photography

May 14, 2006 - West Indies predictably wrapped up another comfortable victory over lightweight Zimbabwe in the seventh and final ODI at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad to complete a 5-0 whitewash of the one-sided series. Here, the champions with skipper Brian Lara (second from right, front row) pose with their championship cheque. Picture: Brooks LaTouche Photography

March 2006

Brian Lara is back in the runs but he did not get the coveted century he and West Indies well-wishers were looking for. The champion left-hander lauched an attack on the New Zealand bowlers but fell for 83, dragging a ball from Nathan Astle into his stumps last night

Compliments of the Nation News

Brina Lara photo compliments of the Nation News


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 >

 

Trinidad Carival 2006

. 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.

Date December 24, 2005 Compliments of the Nation News

Brooks La Touche Photography Ltd

LONDON - Triple world batting record holder Brian Lara has slipped one place down to No. 3 in the latest LG ICC World Batting Rankings released yesterday.
The ratings, revised when the Ahmedabad third Test between Sri Lanka and India ended Thursday, shows Australian captain Ricky Ponting climbing one place

to the No. 2 spot, displacing the West Indies star Lara, who had another record-breaking year - adding the all-time leading scorer label to the individual Test (400 not out) and first-class (501 not out) world records he already holds.
South African Jacques Kallis remains the world's No. 1 batsman and Pakistan's captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is rated fourth, ahead of India's Rahul Dravid.
Australian Matthew Hayden is up one place to No. 6.
There is only one other West Indies batsman in the world's Top-15, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, holding steady at 13th, while Chris Gayle (27th) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (28th) are just inside the top 30.
Australia's veteran pacer Glenn McGrath retained the top spot in the bowling ratings ahead of his teammate Shane Warne and the Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
Pacers Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) and Makhaya Ntini (South Africa) are joint fourth and England's Andrew Flintoff moved two places up to No 6.
There are only two West Indies bowlers in the top-30, Corey Collymore, at 21st and his Barbadian teammate Pedro Collins (28th).
WORLD RANKINGS
Batting:
1. Jacques Kallis (SA)
2. Ricky Ponting (AUS)
3. Brian Lara (WI)
4. Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK)
5. Rahul Dravid (IND)
6. Matthew Hayden (AUS)
7. Virender Sehwag (IND)
8. Marcus Trescothick (ENG)
9. Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
10. Mohammad Yousuf (PAK)
Bowling:
1. Glenn McGrath (AUS)
2. Shane Warne (AUS)
3. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)
4. Shoaib Akhtar (PAK)
4. Makhaya Ntini (SA)
6. Andrew Flintoff (ENG)
7. Shaun Pollock (SA)
8. Chaminda Vaas (SL)
9. Anil Kumble (IND)
10. Irfan Pathan (IND). (CMC)


Fit for a prince

Date December 25, 2005
Brief Fit for a prince
by PHILIP SPOONER
Brian Lara might be No.3 in the world according to the International Cricket Council's LG Test batting rankings, but he's still No.1 for many fans around Barbados.
SUNDAY SUN caught up with the left-handed legend last

by PHILIP SPOONER
BRIAN LARA might be No.3 in the world according to the International Cricket Council's
LG Test batting rankings, but he's still No.1 for many fans around Barbados.
SUNDAY SUN caught up with the left-handed legend last week when he was on the west coast seeking some solitude after a hectic year of international cricket. He did get to relax a bit, frolicking in the water with family and friends and looking totally at ease.
When asked, he did not unveil much about his plans, but noted that he would be spending the festive season with loved ones. He did some jogging on the beach and went for a swim.
Being the superstar that he is, Lara could not avoid the public attention and was mobbed by a group of fans who were seeking autographs. Lara obliged and some fans took a keen interest in a large tattoo on his right shoulder.
He looked quite trim and noted that he was focusing on next year's international series. The West Indies team is due to visit New Zealand in February.
They return home to face Zimbabwe and India in Tests and One-Day series between March and July, so Lara can expect a busy first half of the year.
Lara is heavily tipped to be recalled as West Indies captain in the new year to replace Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Lara, who has the highest scores in Tests (400 not out) and first-class (501 not out) cricket, along with being Test cricket's highest run maker, received the backing of another legend Sir Everton Weekes. However,
in a recent interview, Sir Viv Richards, a former Test captain said he was not sure who should get the job.

philipspooner@nationnews.com

 

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