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Sep 02, 2006 at 07:47pm IST

Indian mantra for West Indies pacer

Chennai: In five years of international cricket, pacer Jermaine Lawson has seen it all. He started with a bang, and then recovered from chicken pox to come back and single-handedly destroy the Aussies.

Then the International Cricket Council noticed his action wasn't quite right and the bubble burst.

However, Lawson came back but could not regain his top form. And then he had a spinal stress fracture and was soon reported again for a suspect action.

POLISHING THE SKILL: Jermaine Lawson is in Chennai to learn from the guru of fast bowling, Dennis Lillee.

So now, he's come to Chennai to straighten out the rough edges with the guru of fast bowling, Dennis Lillee.

"I think it is a good opportunity for me. Coming to India to meet one of the greatest fast bowlers Dennis Lillee is fantastic. It has been tough for me as I am having a problem with my action and have been reported to the ICC. I just want to work hard to correct my action," Lawson says.

For the past one decade the West Indies have been trying hard to recapture the glory days of the 70s and the 80s.

The Windies boasted an array of the world's best batsmen backed by a battery of lethal fast bowlers just two decades back.

Now there is no bowler who could strike fear in the heart of the batsmen.

But there are some promising youngsters like Lawson who are showing the spark.

"Jermaine Lawson has played some Tests. He has also been called for suspect action and from what I have seen of him I don't see any problem. I will be monitoring him over the next days. We will see how we can help him bowl more efficiently," Dennis Lillee says,

It will be an uphill battle for Lawson to make a successful comeback. He not only has to bowl fast but the ICC should clear his action first.

At least he is on the right road and more importantly, in the right hands.