Brian Lara shared his wisdom with the West Indies players during the camp ahead of the two-Test series against India. @Facebook/Cricket West Indies

Former West Indies skipper and one of the finest batsmen to have ever graced the game, Brian Lara, on Monday expressed happiness to be given a chance to work with the West Indies batsmen during the camp ahead of the two-Test series against India.

Cricket West Indies (CWI), in the last week, brought Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan on board to part some batting wisdom with the West Indies batsmen as they gear up to take on the Virat Kohli-led Indian side.

I decided to join the camp simply because I feel this present crop of West Indies players, especially in the Test arena, is the right group of players. The talent that s within is there. The performance against England to win a series at home, I think is the start of something really good for us. We must lay the foundation at home first before we travel abroad in foreign conditions to sort of take command of situations, Lara was quoted as saying in a CWI media release.


Along with the West Indies side, Lara also shared his insights with Leeward Islands Hurricanes franchise. The West Indian veteran was impressed with the intensity the team displayed during the camp.

From what I ve seen in the camp is intense practice which is good. I think the intensity I ve seen in this camp is very good. The young players are working hard, Floyd Reifer and his team are actually putting things together pretty good, Lara said.

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I m hoping that I can impart some type of knowledge, some of my experiences in the past to the young batsmen especially that we have in the team to see if we can get a little bit more out of them because it s necessary. It s a good group of young players, we just have to get them thinking in the right way, he added.

Lara also said that the work ethic and technical skills are present in the squad while highlighting that the team can work on the mental preparation to dominate the five days of Test cricket.

Where I feel I can make an impact is their mental approach to the game. I feel as if I was to strike on one thing that I was decent at was mentally where I prepared myself strongly. The practical side is there for the young players but I feel mentally they can grow a little bit and learn a little bit more, concluded Lara.

The two-match series will kick off at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium,North Sound in Antigua on August 22 while Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica will host the second Test which commences on August 30.