Chanderpaul not to push for extended video replays
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will not push for extended video replays despite a run of costly dismissals against Brian Lara on his farewell tour of Australia. Lara received a poor decision in each of the first two Tests and his first-innings exit to Brett Lee was also debatable, but Chanderpaul was not convinced that using more technology for judgment on lbws and edges was the answer.
The extra umpiring powers were trialled for the Super Series before the ICC reverted to the current method for determining run outs, stumpings and whether a catch has been taken. "I don't agree with it for lbws," Chanderpaul said. "I think we should go with the umpires but use it for run outs, so no change."
Lara has not scored a half-century during his two months in Australia for the Super Series and the two Tests, and his second-innings waves to the crowd in Brisbane and Hobart suggested his last tour here. "Brian is very upset that he's not getting runs," Chanderpaul said, "and he's looking for a big score."
Despite West Indies' second-innings batting fightback they lost the Frank Worrell Trophy this morning as Australia reached their target of 78 for the loss of Matthew Hayden. Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin pushed the match into a final day with a 182-run partnership on Sunday and Chanderpaul told his young team-mates not to back off after their early success.
The Caribbean is littered with performers who burst on to the international scene and drifted back without fulfilling their promise and it would be disappointing if the Trinidad pair suffered a similar demise after defying an attack with four world-class bowlers. Bravo scored a superb 113, his second Test century, while Ramdin, the capable wicketkeeper, was dismissed for 71 as West Indies reached 334.
"They young guys did a terrific job and it was a big lift for us," Chanderpaul said. "I hope they don't relax too much. If you've done something then other teams study you for the next Test, so they need to keep working hard."
Ricky Ponting was impressed with the pair's partnership and said he expected them to receive a long run in the Test side. "The young guys were exceptional and showed us how good the batting wicket was," he said. "If anyone has played as well as they did you'd expect them to play for a long time. They got runs against a couple of exceptional legspinners and two good pacemen."
Chanderpaul hoped the side would build on the morale boost for the third Test at Adelaide starting on Friday, where Wavell Hinds and the Jermaine Lawson, the fast bowler, will come into contention.
Peter English is the Australasian editor of Cricinfo