Windies on recovery mission sans Lara

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain (Trinidad): West Indies ushers in a new era as they start a recovery mission in the first Test against Zimbabwe starting on Thursday.

Back from a nine-day training camp in Jamaica, the home side enters the series without Brian Lara, who has temporarily withdrawn from international cricket.

Under new captain Jimmy Adams and a fresh management team on debut, the training camp was hailed as a success by new coach Roger Harper.

Without Lara, the players know that they must all pull their weight rather than rely on the master batsman to possibly pull them out of trouble.

At the camp, the players went through a range of activities including intense net sessions, discussions on the technical and tactical aspects of cricket and exercise routines.

Harper and team manager Ricky Skerritt apart, the camp was supervised with the help of assistant coach Jeffrey Dujon, performance consultant Dr Rudi Webster, who ran mental training sessions, and sports therapist Ronald Rogers.

A week after his resignation as captain Lara, 30, announced at the beginning of the month that he was taking a break to rebuild his game to sustain the rest of his career.

Disastrous Tour

He quit following the disastrous tour of New Zealand where West Indies lost both Tests and all five one-day internationals.

Courtney Walsh, who needs nine wickets to beat Kapil Dev's world record 434 Test victims, has been named the in the 13-man squad.

An ankle injury and a bout of flu had threatened Walsh's place in the side. Fellow paceman Curtly Ambrose has also been named in the squad which includes two uncapped players, Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds.

Zimbabwe, who came to the Caribbean on the back of 3-0 one-day series reverse against England, drew their latest tour match against President's XI on Monday.

West Indies squad: Jimmy Adams (Captain), Sherwin Campbell, Adrian Griffith, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wavell Hinds, Ricardo Powell, Ridley Jacobs, Franklyn Rose, Curtly Ambrose, Reon King, Courtney Walsh, Nehemiah Perry.

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