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Last Updated:  Monday, 31 March, 2003, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Lara back as Windies captain
BRIAN LARA FACTFILE
Brian Lara
Born: Cantaro, Trinidad, 2/5/69
90 Tests, 7,572 runs, average 49.49, 18 centuries
209 ODIs, 7,797 runs, average 42.60, 16 centuries
Made world record Test score of 375 against England in Antigua, May 1994
Later that year made highest ever first-class score of 501 for Warwickshire against Durham
Batting star Brian Lara has been re-appointed as West Indies captain more than three years after he gave up the job.

Lara will replace Carl Hooper for the home series against Australia, which includes four Tests and seven one-day internationals.

The Trinidadian led West Indies in 18 Tests, winning six and losing 10, and 44 one-day internationals between March 1997 and January 2000 in his first spell as skipper.

He was in charge against Australia in the Caribbean four years ago, when his brilliant batting enabled his side to share the series 2-2.

But it all turned sour later in the year and he gave up the captaincy after they were whitewashed on a tour to New Zealand, citing the "devastating failures that have engulfed West Indies cricket" as the reason for his decision.

Lara's return as captain follows a two-year spell with Hooper leading the team, a period which saw mixed results but the arrival of a clutch of highly talented young batsmen.

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Michael Hall, Chief Cricket Operations Officer, told the BBC Sport website that one of them, Ramnaresh Sarwan, would be Lara's vice-captain, a clear sign that the Guyanese batsman is being groomed to take over in the future.

Former West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft said that having decided to relieve Hooper of the captaincy, they had little choice but to give it to Lara because of the lack of experienced alternatives.

"I think it will go down pretty well in the Caribbean. I think he was given the captaincy too early the first time. He's better equipped to deal with it now," Croft added.

Bennett King, the head of the Australian Cricket Academy, has been named as the West Indies coach in succession to Roger Harper, subject to contract terms being agreed.

Acvting coach Gus Logie
Acting coach Logie worked with the Canadian team at the World Cup

King will not be available until later this year, however, so deputy Gus Logie will guide the team against the Australians and in the series against Sri Lanka which follows.

Hooper indicated he was thinking over his future following the team's exit from the recent World Cup.

"I have to take it each game at a time. It really depends on how I feel in my body and how much more I can contribute to West Indies cricket," he said at the time.

The 36-year-old was ordered to rest his troublesome knees following the World Cup but returned to action for Guyana in the Carib Beer Cup semi-final against Jamaica.




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