Chanderpaul urged to bat at three
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara feels in-form Shivnarine Chanderpaul should bat at number three and is wasted down the order.
Chanderpaul has recently returned to the summit of the Test batting rankings after a superb series against Australia in the Caribbean. The 37-year-old scored runs for fun against the Baggy Greens and remains as talented and productive as ever despite his advancing years. The Guyana star has scored in excess of 10,000 Test runs at an average of more than 50 and his wicket will be the most coveted by the England attack over the next few weeks. The Windies' Achilles heel over the three Tests will probably be their top order, with the likes of Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards relatively inexperienced in the five-day game. And with that in mind, Lara feels it would be prudent for coach Ottis Gibson to move Chanderpaul up from his current position at number five to the vital spot in the line-up at first wicket down. Asked why Chanderpaul was batting so low, Lara replied: "It beats me. It is something that I've not talked in public about but I would want to know why. "If he can be so consistent, why he wouldn't say 'let me bat with some more experienced or talented players up the order'? That's not only going to benefit him but it would help the team." And the record-breaking left-hander insists that it is always best to have your top batsmen entering the fray when he can have a positive effect on proceedings. "Your best batter is going to be at number three - he is going to lay the foundations to win a match," he told The Daily Telegraph. "If your best batter is coming in five, repairing damage, I don't understand the logic."