Windies will win again, promises Lara
The batting giant from the tiny Trinidad says the beleaguered Caribbean side is ready to return to its winning ways in the Test series against New Zealand starting on Thursday.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:46 IST
West Indian batting legend Brian Lara says the beleaguered Caribbean side are ready to return to their winning ways in the Test series against New Zealand starting on Thursday.
Lara, who missed the 4-1 one-day series loss against the hosts, also berated the critical New Zealand media for being "disrespectful towards a country that has a greater cricketing history than the present country we're playing."
The West Indies have lost eight of their last 11 Tests and drawn two but Lara said the side has some exciting new talent ready to make its presence felt in the three-Test series starting in Auckland.
"I sense that this three-Test series could be a turning point, and I sense within myself a desire to win," Test cricket's most prolific run scorer told journalists on Tuesday.
"To leave New Zealand, to leave (the third test in) Napier as winners of this Test series would be the greatest because I'm definitely not going to be back in New Zealand as a cricketer," the 36-year-old said.
"Just give me my bat...I want to get out there and play."
Lara, opening batsman Devon Smith and pace bowler Daren Powell arrived in New Zealand late last week to replace Wavell Hinds and Deighton Butler who were selected for the one-day series only.
Lara, who has performed some extraordinary feats in a team which has faded from its glory days, has been stung by news reports on the New Zealand tour.
"I just feel that if you put up West Indies against New Zealand and you scroll down, you will see a country that has a greater cricketing history than New Zealand, and that's what really hurt me."