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Ramnaresh Sarwan

Former West Indies' vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan is seeking to climb again in the world's batting rankings this year.

Addressing members of the media yesterday at an interview session at Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel, the Guyanese middle-order right-handed batsman said his batting has deteriorated a bit, but he is seeking to get back into the top 15 in the world in test cricket and the top 10 in One-Day International (ODI) rankings. Sarwan at one time headed the ODI ranking.

Asked about the hook shot which now seems to be his favourite, Sarwan said it is really not his favourite, "but it seems to be my favourite shot in getting out," he said jokingly.

He said he is trying to get out of the way of the ball when playing the hook shot, but cannot seem to manage since he constantly gets hit. "But I'm working on it."

The Essequibo island-born Sarwan said he is happy with the half century (55) he made against Zimbabwe in the second ODI in Antigua on Sunday, and will be looking to build on it in the other ODI against Zimbabwe.

West Indies' captain Brian Lara (second right) makes a point to former West Indies' captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul (right), West Indies' coach Bennett King and one of the groundsmen while inspecting the practice wicket at the Everest cricket ground yester

West Indies take on the visiting Zimbabwe team in the third and fourth ODI matches tomorrow and Sunday.

Sarwan said he wished the rain would stop so that Guyanese cricket fans would be able to see some cricket at the world- famous GCC ground.

He also added that he is glad to be at home and to have the opportunity to play on his favourite home venue where he learnt most of his cricket.

Asked about the minor vehicular accident he was involved in yesterday, Sarwan said it was not serious, and no one was injured.

His vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle yesterday as he was travelling along Sheriff Street.

Speaking yesterday also at the interview session was Jerome Taylor who was named 'Man of the Match' for both the first and second ODI matches against Zimbabwe, at the Antigua Recreation ground.

Taylor said he was happy to have been named 'Man of the Match' for both matches and hopes to stay in the West Indies' team for a long time.

He said he was out of the team through injury and was eagerly looking forward to getting back into the side.

Meanwhile, West Indies' Media Liaison Officer Imran Khan said the West Indies' practice session which was scheduled for the Everest ground yesterday had to be called off because of the soggy condition of the outfield and the slightly wet pitch surface.

He said the next practice session is scheduled for today at the same venue from 10am to noon, but if it continues to rain, today's session might very well have to be called off also.

Khan said the Everest outfield and pitch were inspected by West Indies' captain Brian Lara, former West Indies' captain Guyana's Shivnarine Chanderpaul and West Indies' coach Bennett King.

"The three of them inspected it and put their heads together and decided not to have a net session, since they wanted to prevent injuries to the players."

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