Lara to take a break from ODIs for the time being

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:In a bid to extend his Test career, West Indian batting genius Brian Lara has decided to skip the One-day International tri-series on the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka that also involves India.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has given permission to Brian Lara in this regard on his request. Leonard Robertson, the WICB communications manager confirmed this.

The 36-year-old mercurial southpaw said that a reduction in the number of One-day Internationals might give him "a little more time in the Test arena".

"That's what I enjoy a lot, the five-day game," he told the BBC and added that he had already informed the WICB of his decision.

Lara was among the 13 players picked for the Sri Lankan tour, which will include two Tests, in Colombo and Kandy, and the tri-series.

Early hints of Lara's reluctance to play One-dayers were provided when he was "rested" for the three ODIs against Pakistan at home last month.

West Indian coach Bennett King hinted at a change in Lara's attitude as far back as the VB Series in Australia in January.

"I think we've got to be mindful of his longevity in the game and how we manage him so that we can get the best out of Brian for as long as he wants to play," King had said then.

The elegant left-hander from Trinidad who holds the record for highest individual score in both Tests and first-class games has so far amassed 9,354 runs in 256 ODIs, including 19 hundreds.

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