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Lara’s warning

Brian Lara

Friday 16, April-2004

by PHILIP SPOONER in Antigua

Brian Lara has sounded the gong and called all his players to account.

On Wednesday evening, after the post-match ceremony which brought the curtain down on the four-Test series, the West Indies skipper said his world-record 400 not out should not camouflage the problems in the side.

He called on all members of the side to pull up their socks. If not, he cautioned, defeat against Bangladesh in next month’s series was a possibility.

“We’re playing against Bangladesh and I’m not going to write off Bangladesh. The way we’re playing right now you can’t write off anybody at all,” Lara said.

“We’re not putting an entire game together. Bangladesh can come and score 500 and put us under pressure. We can be batting first and all of a sudden we collapse.

“We have to learn from our experience,” Lara said in reference to the 0-3 series defeat to Michael Vaughan’s men.

“The only way we are going to see results – we have spoken about it over and over – is to put in big efforts.

“The players need to accept their responsibilities. The public has been great; you saw the turn-out here and against Australia last year. They were happy and you could hear them singing: ‘No whitewash, no whitewash!’

“The players have got to understand they have to come up to scratch. We can’t be making a step forward and two backwards. We have to compete consistently at a certain level.”

Again in this series the West Indies depended heavily on Lara’s magical batting.

When he failed to reach 50 in the first three Tests, the West Indies lost. He made a quadruple-century in the final match and the West Indies made 751 for five declared and challenged England for the first time.

It will be interesting to see how the West Indies perform on Sunday in the first One-Day International in Lara’s absence.

Lara said it was wonderful to have the world record back in West Indian hands but he felt the public was looking for a more cohesive team, rather than individual landmarks.

“People are going to rejoice. You must remember that Sir Garfield Sobers had the record before I broke it. I held it for ten years, lost it for six months, now it’s back in the Caribbean,” he said.

“But I think they would more appreciate it if we could get a more collective effort from the entire team.

“West Indies cricket does not at this time want to depend on one or two individual records. They want to see team performances going out there and that’s what we want to focus on right now.”

Compliments of the Nation News


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