Cricket: Lara signs on with Warwicks

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Brian Lara, the West Indies batsman, signed for Warwickshire yesterday after completing his preparations for today's fourth Test against England.

'I always play to win and I will expect a lot from the other guys in the Warwickshire team,' the 24-year-old Trindadian said. 'I hope they expect a lot from me.'

Lara, who has been in brilliant form during this Test series, was approached by Warwickshire when their first choice stand-in for South African Allan Donald, the Indian all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar, broke down with a back injury.

'I see this as part of my cricket education,' Lara said. 'The West Indies are touring England in 1995 and I'll try to get as acclimatised to the conditions as I can.'

David Graveney, who was player-manager of Mike Gatting's controversial 1990 rebel tour of South Africa, could be chosen as an England selector.

The 41-year-old former Gloucestershire and Durham captain is one of five nominations for two places on Ray Illingworth's new England Selection Committee.

Bob Cottam, Somerset's director of cricket, plus other former Test players Brian Bolus, Phil Sharpe and Fred Titmus, are the other names put before the 18 first-class counties by the Test and County Cricket Board.

The Netherlands are to be given a place in next year's NatWest Trophy to compensate for their being denied involvement in the Benson and Hedges Cup.