I enjoy working with Lara, says Windies coach

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Kitts:Impressed with the captaincy of Brian Lara, West Indies coach Bennett King says he enjoys working with the newly appointed skipper.

''I enjoy working with people who take risks and are prepared to try things to win a game of cricket and Brian is one of those people. If he gets the back-up and support of his players I think it is going to be very handy for us moving forward,'' King told reporters here.

''Brian really drove the side well and I thought he was a key reason why we actually won that last match,'' he said, referring to the thrilling one-run win against India in the second ODI.

''The courage in his options with his bowling, how he rotated his bowling I thought was the key. He's a very experienced person and if some of his changes hadn't worked and it was a loss, people would have probably said captaincy hurt us. But in the end it actually helped us,'' King observed.

He also had a word of praise for the youngsters and describing Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor as the fastest athletes in the world, King said the strength and agility of his players was better then even the best rugby players.

''We've got four or five people who would be amongst the quickest over the ground in the world,'' King said.

''I'd include rugby-playing nations as well. We've got five people who are quicker than anything you had,'' the Windies coach added.

Heaping praise on last match's substitute fielder Dwayne Smith, King said the youngster was a once-in-a-lifetime talent and not many can match up to his speed on the field.

''Fielding wise, I haven't seen too much to match him around the place. He's learning all the time. He's only 21, 22, so he's a puppy as far as cricket experience is concerned,'' King said, praising Smith.

However, King pointed out that good out-fielding alone was not enough to win matches and said the hosts would have to measure up in other departments as well for a more successful future.

''They are wonderful athletes, but they've got to learn about the disciplines of cricket, the training mechanisms and the consistency of approach to training and also playing,'' he said.

''There is a lot of work to do, but there is obvious talent there. That's the joy of working in a place like this. You can see some wonderful performances one day and then tomorrow they can come out and you're not quite sure what you're going to get,'' he added.

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