Brian Lara

WEST INDIES skipper Brian Lara criticised his home club's pitches and practice facilities during the recent one-day internationals against Australia. "The practice facilities in Trinidad and Tobago are easily among the worst in years," Lara said. "What we are seeing in first-class cricket out in the middle are pitches which will not breed top-class cricketers." Construction on a stand at the Queen's Park Cricket Club, home of the Oval ground for the weekend internationals, hinders the bowlers' run-up.

Apart from the wicket in Antigua, which hosted the fourth Test, all of the other regional pitches in the Test and one-day series have come in for criticism for being unresponsive to fast bowlers, and not allowing batsmen to play their shots freely.