2016
05.05

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo for next month’s tri-nations series involving Australia and South Africa.

Both players have been overlooked by selectors for one-day internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India last year but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone was a backward step.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting tri-nation series,” the former West Indies captain said on Wednesday.

“And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo – some guys who have not played that form of the game (recently) – back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team.”

“Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to the West Indies cricket….”

“You saw their (India) performances against Australia … and not just in India but also playing away from home, there have been great performances,” Lara noted.

“I do believe that playing in home conditions is a slight advantage. I’m hoping that Phil Simmons is doing his homework (and) getting his players ready to play good Test cricket.

“For us West Indians, we’re not too disappointed if we get defeated playing hard cricket. I think what is very disappointing is when the team falls apart and we look like we don’t know anything about cricket at all.”

The West Indies are coming off their capture of the World Twenty20 in India last month, where they beat England in the final to win the tournament for the second time in five years.

Lara, who finished with 34 Test hundreds and the records for the highest Test and first class scores, said the West Indies players now needed to transform the same level of enthusiasm from T20s into the Test arena.

“If we can get the guys playing the longer version of the game with the same sort of exuberance, with the same sort of fight, it would be better but it’s not in us,” said Lara…

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