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Last man standing

June 17, 2008

The West Indies need to emulate Australia's mental toughness and ruthless approach if they are to progress to the next level, believes Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

"Obviously the toughness, the way the Aussies play their cricket. They have the killer instinct, going out there and wanting to finish the job," says the left-hander, making his point clear.

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  • The West Indies lost the three-Test series 2-0 on Monday, but surprised many by pushing Australia to five days in each Test. In fact, for large parts of the series they matched their much-vaunted opponents.

    And if there is one player who deserves credit for the good showing, he is Chanderpaul.

    The left-hander reaffirmed his status as one of cricket's leading batsmen with a stand-out performance, amassing 422 runs @ 147.33, with two centuries and three fifties, in three Tests.

    The fact he ended up not out on three of those six trips to the crease showed how difficult he was to dismiss. More importantly, he provided stability in an otherwise inconsistent batting order, and was deservedly named the man-of-the-series.

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