Shivnarine Chanderpaul should continue to bat at No 5: Sir Viv Richards

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has scored 253 runs in two Tests for the West Indies, at an average of 73.33 on the England tour Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 2, 2012

Former West Indies legendary cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said on Saturday that senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul should continue to bat at No. 5, despite his side s struggles against England in the ongoing Test series.

Richards said, “When you have a guy who comes in when he does at present and he does well, why change him? If he contributes to you where he is at present why move him?”.

“I’ve always felt that is the case – it’s like horses for courses. If that’s the area that he appreciates and enjoys batting, why not continue?” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Chanderpaul was at the crease for more than 12 hours, after coming in at three-down during the series. The left-handed batsman, who is averaging 78.33 in the series after two matches, moved up at the fourth place, to fill in for Kirk Edwards, who was not feeling well.

England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The former cricketer said it should also be acknowledged that the English side is much better than their Caribbean counterparts.

“A lot of people are saying maybe how bad the West Indies are at present but what I know for sure is that no-one is speaking about how good England have become,” he said.

“When you look at the technique factor we have been found wanting on many occasions and I just guess it is back to the drawing board. I guess some of our batsmen – maybe the top three or four – haven’t quite got to grips with the various techniques and things you need to do to succeed in this country,” he added.

“You cannot be three or four down for 50 and expect to do any damage; I guess we have been in some dismal positions in this series but all is not lost.”When you have an attack like England have at present – to me it is a very solid attack, the best attack in world cricket – but at the end of the day sometimes when you get fast bowlers who are as aggressive as these guys are today, you cannot allow them to get away with certain deliveries that they bowl.

“You can hurt them with certain shots. This is what’s missing basically from the West Indies play – that aggression. Taking on the guys – ‘if you bowl a short ball, I’m going to put it up there in that stand’.”