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Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul says West Indies cannot use the weather as an excuse as they look to level the npower Test series

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is determined West Indies will not be caught cold again as they bid to launch an instant response to their 10-wicket defeat at Lord's.

The consensus - confirmed to a degree by defeated captain Chris Gayle - was the early-season chill at HQ proved as stern an opponent for the Windies as England themselves in the first npower Test.

They are unlikely to find conditions significantly more to their liking 300 miles further north in the second and final Test at Riverside tomorrow, albeit a week later in the English summer.

As Durham's resident overseas player, Chanderpaul is the 'go-to' man for members of the touring team looking for tips on how to deal with the effects of the weather.

His advice, though, appears to be the problem is only as big as you allow it to be.

"It's tough for the boys coming from the Caribbean straight here - some for the first time," the Guyanese left-hander concedes.

"We went into the game (at Lord's) with a few guys struggling with flu and sore throat. But they're all much better now, so we hope we can get out there and play some better cricket.

"I've played a few years up here, and it can be difficult at times.

"It depends what the wicket is like out there, but the information I've got so far is that it is pretty good this year."

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Chanderpaul will be on familiar territory at the Riverside, having enjoyed stints as Durham's overseas player since 2007

An extra jumper may be in order to keep out the forecast easterlies, but Chanderpaul's message is to just get on with the job.

"Once you get accustomed to it [the cold], you'll be all right," he predicted.

"Eventually your body gets acclimatised and you can move around all right out there.

"Sometimes you have to put on some more clothes. But it's not too bad now; we've been here for about a month now. You've just got to go out there and get the job done."

Chanderpaul himself this week lost his status as official world number one batsman to Pakistan's Younus Khan, after making four runs and lasting just three balls in two innings against off-spinner Graeme Swann at Lord's.

He is not letting any of that bother him, though.

"It's out of my control; I just keep playing as well as I can," he said.

"There are a lot of great batters out there. Losing the number one position doesn't matter. I don't play for position; I just play to perform. That is my focus.

"I hope I have enough (confidence) in the bank to perform. Test cricket is never easy, but you have to keep fighting.

"You can't look back at what has happened; you have to look forward and keep playing hard."

Back-up opening batsman Dale Richards, meanwhile, has left the West Indies tour party because of a shoulder injury. He will not be replaced in the squad.

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