Brian Lara lets his speaking do the batting these days
Brian Lara has a confession to make. The former West Indies cricketer, widely regarded as one of the best of all time, hardly pads up any more.
That is a sorry state for a bloke who is the only batsman to ever score single, double, triple, quadruple and quintuple centuries in first-class games during his senior career.
Lara, now 45, is heading to Australia for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup but fans will have to be content with him commentating on television, rather than playing.
Lara, who made his Test debut for the West Indies in 1990, retired from international cricket in 2007. He has since played sporadically in Indian, Bangladesh and Zimbabwean league sides.
“I play very little cricket but my average for the year is above 50, which is good, but that is from charity games,” Lara laughs.
“I did have intentions of playing some club cricket in Sri Lanka later this year but with my World Cup commitments
“One of my biggest
heroes is Allan Border. He is a lefthander like myself and someone I used
as a role model”
coming up … I might have to leave it until 2016. At 45, it is very difficult to play competitive cricket.”
In the World Cup, Lara
BRIAN LARA ON HIS CO- COMMENTATOR
believes Australia and South Africa are favourites. “They are playing the best cricket at the moment. New Zealand are the team that I believe could show the rest of the world what they are capable of during this tournament.”
Lara will commentate alongside a number of cricket greats including Allan Border, Mark Waugh, Glenn McGrath, and Damien Fleming.
“One of my biggest heroes is Allan Border,” Lara enthuses.
“He is a left-hander like myself and someone I used as a role model.
“I remember watching Allan in 1986 getting 96 (runs) against the West Indies in Trinidad while everybody around him fell apart.”
Lara named his eldest daughter Sydney in tribute to the Sydney Cricket Ground where he scored his first Test Century in 1992.
“It (Australia) is a very special place for me,” Lara says.
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