Georgetown: Batting superstar Brian Lara has been named in a 13-member West Indian squad for the opening Test against India, a Guyanese Cricket Board official announced on Sunday.
The first Test will start at Bourda on Thursday. Lara returned to the squad after missing two Tests against Pakistan at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in March due to an elbow-injury. The left-handed batsman suffered the injury during a One-day International in Sri Lanka last year when he collided with Marvan Atapattu. He was the main run-getter against Sanath Jayasuriya's Sri Lankans, hammering three centuries in as many Tests.
His big scoring, however, failed to prevent his team from losing the series 3-0. The West Indies also included four pacemen in Cameron Cuffy, Marlon Black, Mervyn Dillon and Adam Sanford in the team, led by Carl Hooper.
West Indies: Carl Hooper (captain), Chris Gayle, Stuart Williams, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, Ryan Hinds, Junior Murray, Mervyn Dillon, Cameron Cuffy, Marlon Black, Adam Sanford and Mahendra Nagamootoo.