Shane Warne believes Brian Lara can help West Indies regroup themselves before the boxing day Test © Getty Images
Shane Warne believes Brian Lara can help West Indies regroup themselves before the boxing day Test © Getty Images

Melbourne: Legendry spinner Shane Warne has issued an open invitation to West Indies to get aid from their former great Brian Lara following their humiliating defeat in the first Test against Australia. Warne believes Lara, who is in Australia after playing in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia, could help Windies to regroup themselves before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. According to News.com.au, Warne insisted West Indies to get Lara involved with the team in order to avoid further defeat. Replying to Warne’s request, Lara wrote on Twitter,”@ShaneWarne I would love to…. There is some hope in what I see…. Albeit it was a pretty good batting track.”  FULL SOCRECARD: Australia vs West Indies, 1st Test at Hobart

Describing West Indies players as `passionate`, Warne admitted that the former side might be quite hurt by the loss and, therefore, insisted them to turn into a stronger side.

Earlier, Australia had displayed their complete superiority over West Indies by thrashing the tourists by an innings and 212 runs on day three of the first Test. West Indies, who are currently trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, had last claimed a Test victory in Australia in 1997.

Following the defeat in the opening Test, West Indian skipper suggested that the result hadn’t taken his side a step backwards. “I wouldn’t say it’s a step backwards, obviously in the past we’ve shown that we can compete. We had a really good series against England where we competed really well and then the Australians came in after that and we fell back a little bit. But in a sense the spirit in the dressing room is still there, we had a few one-day series and then we had first-class cricket back home where players from here did well,” he added.