Proteas

Lara has issue with Proteas’ approach

2015-12-08 07:15
Brian Lara (AFP)

Cape Town - Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara was not happy with the Proteas’ batting approach in the final Test against India in Delhi.

The Proteas crashed to a 337-run defeat to concede the four-game series 3-0.

The South Africans never attempted to chase down the 480-run victory target, instead opting to fight for a draw.

They fought bravely, before being bowled out for 143 in a mammoth 143.1 overs.

AB de Villiers (43 off 297 balls) and Hashim Amla (25 off 244 balls) tried their level best to save the game but their efforts eventually proved in vain.

Lara feels the slow approach in saving the Test will not help in cricket's aim to attract more fans to the stadium even if day-night Tests were introduced on a major scale.

After the recent success in the debut day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, a lot of positive talks have emerged with many in the cricket fraternity calling for more day-night Tests.

Lara expressed his thoughts on his official Twitter account where he also reminded fans of how his West Indies team chased down 418 to beat a world class Australia at St John's in 2003.

Lara, 46, scored 11 953 runs in 131 Tests for the West Indies at an impressive average of 52.88.

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