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Lara re-appointed as West Indies captain

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LONDON, Apr 26 (Reuters) Brian Lara, the leading run scorer in test match history, has been re-appointed to lead West Indies in their seven-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe starting on Saturday.

A statement on the official West Indies Cricket Board website said board president Kim Gordon had made the announcement at a media briefing today in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Lara, 36, replaces Shivnarine Chanderpaul who said this month he was not interested in continuing as captain after 13 months in charge.

During that period West Indies lost 10 out of 14 tests and 14 out of 16 one-day internationals.

Lara's appointment for the third time as captain comes a year before West Indies host the World Cup. Although his overall record as skipper is modest, he led West Indies to victory in the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy in England two years ago.

Lara has scored a record 11,294 runs in 124 tests at an average of 53.02 with 31 centuries.

In addition he holds the world record for the highest test score (400 not out against England) and the highest first class score (501 for Warwickshire against Durham).

Gordon also said a protracted dispute over the players' retainer contracts had been settled at Wednesday's meeting.

REUTERS RL BST2315

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