West Indies rope in Lara and Sarwan to help batsmen prepare for India Test series

Sudhir Gupta 21:17 16/08/2019
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Former West Indies stalwart Brian Lara.

West Indies have roped in Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan to help the team’s batsmen prepare for the upcoming two-Test series against India at home.

The two former West Indies batsmen will be a part of the team’s pre-series camp in Antigua ahead of the first Test against India which gets underway on August 22.

The hosts have called up two uncapped players in all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and batsman Shamarh Brooks while another batsman in John Campbell has played just three Tests so far in his career.

Cricket Windies director of cricket Jimmy Adams believes the presence of Lara and Sarwan for the pre-series camp will immensely benefit the slightly inexperienced line up.

“We have some good young batsmen in the team who we believe will form the future of West Indies cricket,” Adams stated.

“We saw some very good signs of development earlier this year in the Test matches when we played so very well to beat England and we want to see them grow and become outstanding players for the West Indies.

“We have taken the step to have Brian and Ronnie [Sarwan] work with these players, who have demonstrated a will to learn and succeed. We know they still have the passion and love for West Indies cricket and are eager to assist and share their information with the present generation.”

Lara is the all-time leading run-scorer for West Indies in the Test format with 11,912 runs in 130 matches and registered 34 tons along the way. Sarwan, meanwhile, has nearly 6,000 runs to his name in 87 Tests and slammed 15 centuries in the format.

India has far clinched both the T20 and ODI series in the Caribbean without tasting a single loss and the hosts will be hoping to turn the tide around in the upcoming Test clashes.

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