Steve Waugh rates Lara one of the greatest

Published: Thursday, February 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has rated world batting double record holder Brian Lara as one of the greatest players he has ever played against.

An Australian newspaper- Sydney-based Daily Telegraph quoted Waugh as saying that there were only two players (other one is India's Sachin Tendulkar) who possessed the ability to make a mockery of the field settings he had put in place for them, and noted that Lara was one of these players.

"There were occasions when I knew he was baiting both the fielders and bowlers into making a field change by consistently playing a certain shot," the paper quoted.

"As soon as the fieldsman was moved to stem the run flow he would counter it immediately and utilise the new vacant space he'd created even if it meant playing a high-risk shot," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

"Lara's greatest attributes to me are his precise placement and his courage to take on an attack and control the tempo of the game," the daily quoted.

"Sachin (Tendulkar) had a consistency about his destructive way of pulverising an attack, while Lara struck like a cornered pit viper, depending on his mood of the day, which could be motivated by various forces including anger, revenge, expectation, confrontation or just plain making the most of his natural gifts," the daily added.

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