Brian Lara lets his speak­ing do the bat­ting th­ese days

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICK­ERY TV WRITER

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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