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Chanderpaul 'should focus on himself'

By Adam Cooper 12/11/2005 07:51:07 PM Comments (0)

West Indies great Courtney Walsh has urged the tourists' under-pressure captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul to focus on himself as the best way of leading his side out of the doldrums.

The one-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket said it was vital Chanderpaul performed with the bat in next week's second Test against Australia in Hobart if the West Indies were any chance of matching it with the world champions.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 15 in the Windies' 4-144 after day two of the three-day match against Victoria at the Junction Oval, still 427 runs behind Victoria's enormous 571.

It was another disappointing day for the tourists, whose pacemen went wicketless and whose top order bats missed out some decent practice on a perfect batting wicket.

Marlon Samuels (50) and Devon Smith (34) looked good in spurts, but holed out when they should have pushed on.

Walsh said Chanderpaul, who made two and seven in the 379-run drubbing in the first Test in Brisbane, was not a natural leader but could inspire his side with the bat ahead of his 10th Test as skipper.

"It's vital for him to lead from the front," said Walsh, who took a then-record 519 wickets in 132 Tests between 1984-2001.

"If he can focus first on one person and lead from the front, go out there and dominate and get runs for the team.

"He is second behind Brian Lara in terms of experience, so if he can get out there and show them what to do and lead from the front, that will help him and his captaincy as well."

The West Indies have won only one Test under Chanderpaul, against Pakistan this year, when the left-hander made 92 and 153 not out.

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