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End looms for Laxman - reports

2012-01-16 09:04

Perth - Speculation is mounting over the future of Indian batsman V.V.S. Laxman after another unimpressive showing at the crease in India's innings defeat to Australia at the WACA Ground.

Indian newspapers reported he would retire at the end of the four-Test series, which concludes in Adelaide next week, and may even have played his last Test in Perth as he battles to keep his place in the side.

The 37-year-old has been one of the chief offenders in India's poor batting performances in Australia, with just 102 runs at an average of 17 in the series so far with a single half-century the highlight.

In Perth the veteran of 133 Tests battled manfully in making 31 in the first innings, but fell for a duck in the second innings.

His contribution is in stark contrast to his career average of 50.65 against Australia for the man who famously partnered with Rahul Dravid in an incredible 376-run stand in Kolkata in 2001 that enabled India to win after following-on.

There were whispers among the Indian media straight after the Test that Laxman was set to retire, but Indian captain M.S. Dhoni played down the suggestion.

"As of now, there's nothing I know officially," Dhoni said.

"I don't know where this came from, until Laxman comes to me and says something, I can't comment."

The Indian Express Newspaper reported that Laxman was set to retire, quoting a source inside the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"Laxman will retire at the end of the ongoing Test series in Australia," the article said.

"He is 37 and India's next Test series is still at least six months away. Plus his form has dropped significantly, and his fitness, especially a troublesome back, is hampering him."

Laxman has been prolific since making his Test debut in 1996 compiling 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries over 233 innings.

He could be replaced in Adelaide by young batsman Rohit Sharma, who is yet to play Test cricket, but was 12th man in Perth.

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Comments
  • Ian - 2012-01-16 09:29

    i will not apologise for this and you all can say wtf you like, but all the major sub continent teams have only impressed at home, this is not what world cup champs are made of, even in the test arena

      Gunner - 2012-01-16 09:52

      No need to apologise Ian....But...you need to compare apples with apples....one cannot compare test cricket with ODI's....futhermore, non sub-continental teams also perform poorly on pithces that do not favour fast bowlers...so just think a little before to make such ludicrous comments

      Ian - 2012-01-16 10:12

      we were the only team to beat india in the last WC and they are yet to win a series here

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