Repeated pleas from Brian Lara to get an attack of his choice may finally be paid heed to. The West Indies selectors have retained the 13 picked for the third Test played in St Kitts, but added that the final squad for the fourth Test starting here on Friday would be named later. They were scheduled to announce the squad on Wednesday.
"We've got 13 and have got some more deliberations to do. Whether that means someone would be added or subtracted would be known later. But we have some thoughts going on," said coach Bennett King, who is part of the four-man selection committee with Gordon Greenidge, Joey Carew and Clyde Butts, but the only one with a casting vote.
Lara expressed his displeasure over the attack given to him several times during the series and even said before the third Test that he and the selectors were not "singing from the same hymn sheet".
He was in favour of a genuine fast bowler, which the West Indies lack in absence of the injured Fidel Edwards.
"I think that we need a way when the ball gets older and the wicket gets flatter. We then need to have something up our sleeves. Someone who is very, very quick or a world-class spinner, who can put pressure on the opposition. That's probably the area we will be looking at," said King, the Australian who took charge of the team in October 2004 with unprecedented powers.
The West Indies skipper is apparently in favour of the likes of Jermaine Lawson -- whose action has been reported by umpires in the past -- and Tino Best. Of the two, Lawson stands a better chance if someone is picked, because he is from Jamaica and can join the squad at a short notice.
King admitted there were problem areas in his team's attack. "We have to make better use of the resources we have got and must add something to our armoury to get wickets. In two of the three Test matches we were leading comprehensively in the first innings. But the second innings is something we've got to address. It's important to get through a couple of India's top-order players. Once we do that, we can get through the rest."
Lara had appeared dejected after the end of the third Test when asked whether he would again be pressing for the bowlers he wanted.
"I have spoken about it many times with no effect. It's time the selectors did their job without me saying anything."
Well, it seems that his silence has made some impact, for when he was vocal, the selectors never gave him a second thought!