ICC Super Series 2005-06 October 12, 2005

Lara blames lack of match practice

Brian Lara vows to come back strongly in the Super Test after a dismal one-day series © Getty Images

Brian Lara, the West Indies batsman, has blamed his dreadful performance in the one-day matches of the Super Series on the lack of match practice. Lara made 0, 5 and 0 in his three innings as Australia completely dominated the World XI to win the one-day series 3-0.

"I was short of competitive work," Lara was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. "I hadn't played cricket since June against Pakistan, so it was always going to be tough coming up against the best team in the world and to get runs right away, especially in the one-day arena. With that behind me, and a couple more practice sessions and a version of the game I'm more comfortable with, Test cricket, I can get my act together. More of your natural ability comes out in Test cricket and I'm looking forward to it."

He felt the same applied to the World XI squad as well. "The guys here individually are very good players, they're great players," said Lara. "It's just the team concept - it's always going to take us time. Hopefully we can do it in a Test match. The guys are going to be a little more composed. Your true character comes out in a Test."

"I've had many ups and downs in my career. I've worked really hard on my game throughout," added Lara. "Every time I go out into the middle I say I have to give 100 per cent, and I do."