Brian Lara has been making a good
impression in the nets as he considers a comeback with Surrey.
The former West Indies skipper has
had four separate sessions at The Brit Oval and could be lured out of
retirement in a sensational Twenty20 return.
Lara, 41 next month, has been
holding exploratory talks with the club about a crowd pulling curtain call to
his glittering career.
And if the double world record
holder clinches a cut-price deal to play for Surrey, he could go toe-to-toe in
a mouth-watering shoot-out with Aussie master Adam Gilchrist, who has signed to
pepper the crowd with sixes across the Thames for Middlesex.
Lara is high on the wanted list for
next year’s Indian Premier League. A brief stint in county cricket would be the
ideal showcase for him to prove his eye, and his flashing blade, are still
Surrey are sorely tempted to add
the Trinidad maestro to their Twenty20 imports, Aussie Andrew Symonds and India’s
Lara, who has not played
competitive cricket for two years, still holds the world’s two blue riband
His 400 not out against England in
Antigua six years ago remains the highest Test score and his unbeaten 501 for
Warwicks against Durham in 1994 is still the biggest-ever score in first-class
Surrey’s Twenty20 season opens
against Gloucestershire on 8 June.