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Bravo grateful for Lara advice

Bravo welcomes the former WI captain's advice for the third Test against England after being 1-0 down in the four-match series.

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2007 19:29 IST
Bravo grateful for Lara advice

Dwayne Bravo is looking to put the advice he has received from former West Indies captain Brian Lara to good use when the third Test against England gets under way at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Lara, having retired from international cricket following hosts West Indies' failure, like England, to reach the semi-finals of the recent World Cup, could do nothing as his former teammates slumped to a record innings and 283-run defeat in the second Test at Headingley.

That left West Indies 1-0 down in the four-match series and needing to avoid defeat in Manchester to keep the series alive.

Lara, Test cricket's leading run scorer, was often accused during his career of being a selfish player and a bad team man. But West Indies all-rounder Bravo, who like the 38-year-old Lara is from Santa Cruz in Trinidad, indicated the criticism was misplaced.

"Just last (Monday) night I was on the phone with Brian. He called me, having arrived in London. He is aware of everything that is going on. He still has a big interest in the team's performance.

"At Lord's (where West Indies drew the first Test) he was in the dressing room among the guys and it is very nice to know that even after he called it a day he still has enough time to make himself available to the younger players," Bravo told reporters at Old Trafford in England on Tuesday.

First Published: Jun 06, 2007 17:27 IST