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With a keen sharp eye, tiger-like reflexes and an athletic body Vivian was a power house.
Richards ended his career with a Test average of just over 50 - and a top score of 291 made against England at The Oval in 1976. He was also a brilliant cover point fielder, in 1975 at Lord's in the first World Cup Final, he spectacularly ran out three Australians. Towards the end of his career he fielded in the slips, where little escaped him. He could bowl medium pace and off-breaks.
As well as playing for the Leeward Islands, and The West Indies, Richards made a crucial contribution to Somerset's one-day success of the early 80s, always able to make big scores when they were most needed. He left Somerset along with Joel Garner and Ian Botham in 1986, but returned to county cricket and played for Glamorgan.
Richards has received an honorary knighthood for his services to cricket, and was named in Wisden 2000 as one of the Five Cricketers of the Century. In the good company of Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Jack Hobbs, Shane Warne and Sir Garfield Sobers.
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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.
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