Lara Windies saviour?

The West Indies have lost seven of their nine Test matches this year, with a win and a draw against England the only positives for Caribbean cricket in 2015.

Brian Lara tweets to Shane Warne
Brian Lara hints that he may join the West Indies coaching staff in the future

Amid the loom, Windies legend Brian Lara has suggested that could be tempted by a role on the West Indies coaching team.

Lara, 46, who has been playing festival cricket in Western Australia this week, told former Australia spinner Shane Warne on Twitter that he would be willing to help out coach Phil Simmons and his team.

Lara scored 11,953 Test runs in 131 Tests for the West Indies between 1990 and 2006.

In their latest defeat,  James Pattinson took 5-27 as Australia beat the West Indies by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test in Hobart.

Australia wrapped up the victory in three days after dismissing the tourists for 148 in the second innings.

Playing his first Test for 18 months, the Pattinson ran through the fragile Windies top order to secure his fourth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Kraigg Brathwaite was the only visiting batsman to show any resistance at the Bellerive Oval with a patient 94.

Australia take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, and could return to the top of the ICC Test rankings if they complete a 3-0 series win with victories in Melbourne and Sydney.

Australia captain Steve Smith chose to enforce the follow-on after Josh Hazelwood and Peter Siddle took just five overs to take the West Indies’ remaining three first-innings wickets.

There was time for Darren Bravo, 94 not out overnight, to complete his seventh Test century as West Indies posted a first-innings total of 223 in response to Australia’s 583-4 declared.

Smith downplays fitness fears

Australia skipper Smith has “no doubt” he will be fit for the second Test in Melbourne starting on 26 December despite suffering discomfort in his knee and hip at Hobart.

Smith will sit out his Big Bash League side Sydney Sixers’ domestic fixtures against Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes after aggravating an injury in his right knee and straining his right hip.

Usman Khawaja could return to the squad after missing the last two Tests with a hamstring injury, but coach Darren Lehmann wants the Sydney Thunder batsman to prove his fitness in the Big Bash first.

“Usman’s first got to be fit – if he’s not fit he won’t play, there’s no doubt about that,” Lehmann said.

More woes for the West Indies

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will return home after suffering an ankle injury in the first Test defeat.

Gabriel could not bat in either innings after suffering a stress-related injury to his left ankle late on the opening day on Thursday. (BBC)

5 Responses to Lara Windies saviour?

  1. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke December 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    With all respect to the great B C Lara, I don’t think that even he can help this lot. You can impart all the knowledge in the world but the persons receiving it have to act on it. You have to want to do better, to have a hunger to do better. I don’t get those vibes from some of these players. One or two maybe, but that is no good since cricket is a team sports.

  2. Alex Alleyne December 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Too much organized cricket at such a young age. You must let the youngsters develop and be “ruff-n- tough” coming up playing with no pads no helmets nor chest pad and facing bowlers with anything in their hand. After you learn the “ropes” , then you put on the full coat of armour and face the WORLD.

  3. Super star December 13, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Best thing is to pay them for their performance. It would motivate them. If that was the case many of them would starve.

  4. Joe Pardy December 13, 2015 at 3:29 am

    First thing? Drop that sulking, pompasetter Samuels. He’s hopeless and a drag on the rest of the team. Next Shane Dowrich in for Ramdin. Fire Cameron and the rest of the board and appoint Tony King and Rawle Brancker to run the show. The West Indies are the laughing-stock of world cricket. Ian Chappell nailed it when he asked, rhetorically, “Have the West Indies no pride?” Pathetic bunch.

  5. BOBOThe Clown December 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Bo Bo The Clown ? What clown ? The real Clowns are the present bunch of West Indian Selectors, who seem to have their heads so far up they behinds that it has become impossible to see,or think.
    It would be worth Lara’s effort to try and motivate some of the youngster,but how can someone motivate a Dennis Ramdin,a Marlon Samuels or Kemar Roach at this stage? Are you going to put a heated Iron on their backside? These guys don’t even seem like they want to be on the field,but don’t have the guts to say so.
    Is there no one in the W.I. that open the batting? Christ Gail was often widely criticized ,yet he is the only player in recent years that showed no fear of quick bowling.The current pathetic bunch with a couple of exceptions are scared outta they minds,when walking to the wicket.


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