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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Lara defends toss decision
Lara was the first wicket to fall on the final day
West Indies captain Brian Lara insisted he made the right decision in asking England to bat first at Lord's.

The home side took advantage as three batsmen hit centuries, to set up a 210-run first Test victory.

"We thought we would get our bowlers in and get at England because it was a bit overcast but we did not get the ball in the right areas.

"Three hundred and ninety-one runs on the first day is asking for trouble," Lara admitted.

Lara paid tribute to Shivnarine Chanderpaul as an example to the rest of the West Indies side.

The Guyanese left-hander hit an unbeaten 97 on Monday to take his aggregate for the match to 225.

"Us batters at the top of the order have to realise it takes the amount of concentration he showed," Lara admitted.

"We could have batted much better in the first innings and even early in the second."

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