Prepare better to do well: Lara

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

West Indies captain Brian Lara has said his team needs to prepare better if it hopes to regain its former position as one of Test cricket's elite teams.

Prepare better to do well: Lara

Kingston:

West Indies captain Brian Lara has said his team needs to prepare better if it hopes to regain its former position as one of Test cricket's elite teams. The 35-year-old expressed concern that his side continued to play its best cricket too late in the series after their win in the second Test against Bangladesh secured a 1-0 scoreline in the two-match rubber. "Great teams take the lead. We are not a great team as yet and are far from," Lara said. "We allow the opposition to sort of steer the series in the direction they want and when we get familiar with the opposition, then we take action," he added.Disappointing comebackLara's record since his second coming as captain has been disappointing and his team has yet to perform well early in a rubber. In his first series on return, Australia took a winning 3-0 lead before Lara and his men hit back with an historic consolation victory in the final match. That was followed by a 1-0 series win against Sri Lanka, only inspired by a victory in the second and final match after the first was drawn. Since then, there has been a similar success in Zimbabwe, and 3-0 reversals against South Africa and England where the West Indies' best moments came after the series were lost. Learn from othersLara said that he hoped his team could learn from other sports where preparation is vital to on-field success. "Our preparation has to be sorted out. We have to look at areas in that to see how well we can prepare ourselves so from day one, if we are playing in Timbuktu, we are better in those conditions than the opposition - it doesn't matter who," Lara added. The West Indies team leaves next week for a tour of England, which starts with a tri-nation one-day tournament in June and July followed by a four-Test series against the Englishmen. (AP)



Topics : Cricket
Related Articles
Credit to BCCI For Encouraging Cricket in Country: Sachin Tendulkar
Credit to BCCI For Encouraging Cricket in Country: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Bats For Two Balls, Two Pitches in Single Match
Sachin Tendulkar Bats For Two Balls, Two Pitches in Single Match
Sachin Tendulkar Says Rivalries Are Missing From Test Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar Says Rivalries Are Missing From Test Cricket
Show Comments
Advertisement