Tendulkar's text message to Brian Lara motivates West Indies

Tendulkar’s text message to Brian Lara motivates West Indies

The 3rd Test match between England and West Indies at Lords starts on Thursday.

Shannon Gabriel
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara has recently said that Sachin Tendulkar texted him saying the West Indies’ victory over England in the second Test at Headingley was “a success the entire world needed.” West Indies beat England by 5 wickets in the 2nd Test match at Leeds. The visitors were crushed by an innings defeat in the 1st Test and no one in the cricketing fraternity gave them a chance to make a comeback.

Shai Hopes scored centuries in both innings while Kraigg Braithwaite scored 134 and 95 in the game. If West Indies go on to win the third Test at Lords, starting on Thursday, then they will clinch the series 2-1. Surely, the master blaster will have his views on that.

Eating Humble Pie

Many were critical of the visitor’s poor performance, and former England skipper Naseer Hussain went on to say that the tourists were flagging because the physical demands of a Test match were greater than that of Twenty20 cricket.

“People make assumptions all the time,” said Law at Lord’s on Tuesday. “But he (Hussain) doesn’t know the characters that are inside that dressing room — he doesn’t even know me and I played with him at Essex,” the former Australia batsman who played with Hussain at Essex. “Not a lot of these players play T20 cricket anyway. I think it was great we sent a big humble pie to go and chomp on in the commentary box,” he added.

Anderson eyes landmark

England fast bowler James Anderson is three wickets away from completing 500 Test wickets. He went wicketless on the last day of the 2nd Test match.” That extra pressure will find out a bit more about people’s character and things like that so it should be an exciting week,” said England spearhead James Anderson. “To be honest, I do try to put it to the back of my mind,” Anderson said. “We desperately need to win this Test match to win the series so I’m going to be focused completely on doing my job for the team when we get out there,” he concluded.