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That was a memorable knock, Brian!

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West Indian batting legend Brian Lara delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's Cricket Ground in London last week. Pic/Matt Bright

How good was Brian Lara's Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture last week at Lord's?

Well, it was a fiery one alright.

Lara shocked his audience when he said he was embarrassed by some of his teammates' antics during his early days as a West Indies player and before. The incident involving Michael Holding kicking the stumps in New Zealand was brought up. Ditto Colin Croft hurting Kiwi umpire Fred Goodall while running into bowl in the same 1980 series. Even first captain, Vivian Richards, was not spared for being hard on him at Lord's on his maiden tour to England in 1991. He also spoke about how a first slip fielder (which was Richards) pressurised an umpire to give English batsman Rob Bailey out caught behind when he didn't snick it in the Caribbean during the 1989-90 series.

I thought Lara went a fair way back to talk about the Holding incident without touching upon the background to that episode. New Zealand batsman Paul Parker gloved one which wicketkeeper Deryck Murray got hold of. Holding lost it when the umpire turned down the appeal and kicked the first thing he saw — the stumps. The umpiring was atrocious and........

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