Chanderpaul won't duck Swann issue
Shivnarine Chanderpaul has perhaps most of all to prove for West Indies in the second npower Test - starting by surviving more than two balls against Graeme Swann at the Riverside.
The tourists’ former world number one batsman was almost immovable on their previous, otherwise unsuccessful, Test trip to this country.
Yet in the one match so far in this two-Test series, the Guyanese left-hander has successfully negotiated just one ball from off-spinner Swann in two innings.
He made a golden duck at his first attempt and then went second ball when he tried again, having at least managed to cut Swann for four in between.
Renowned for his phlegmatic temperament, Chanderpaul is hardly the sort to let Swann's success eat away at him as he contemplates an improvement on his ‘home’ ground for himself and his team - beaten by 10 wickets inside three days at Lord’s.
"It was just one ball, then two balls - and that was it," he shrugged as he recalled his Swann torment. “I have to put it behind me and move forward to the next game.”
Swann, 30 but still emerging as a force in international cricket, is noted for his success against left-handers - and with four among the Windies' top six of that ilk, Chanderpaul accepts they have a problem to solve.
“It puts all our left-handers in the firing line,” he said. “He’s got all of us out so far, so we have to make sure we go out and find a way to deal with it.”
As for Swann’s attributes, Chanderpaul acknowledges he has had precious little time to assess him, but he noted: "He's been bowling well; you can't take anything away from him.
"He doesn't give it a lot of air - one or two times, he flighted it a bit. But he's pretty much an attacking bowler. We just have to be on our guard for him."
Chanderpaul will also be wary of the threat posed by England's Lord’s debutant - and his Durham team-mate - Graham Onions, who finished with a seven-wicket match haul.
Onions' instant success was a shock to many, but not to Chanderpaul. "I'm not surprised, because I know the type of fella he is," he said.
"He always sets high standards for himself. He always works hard. Sometimes things go his way, sometimes not - but he always keeps those standards high and plays hard as he can."
West Indies, meanwhile, know that only victory will help them retain the Wisden Trophy - after going 1-0 down in a two-match series.
"We just have to put Lord's behind us, come out here and play as well as we know we can," Chanderpaul prescribed.
"We're one down already, so the only way to save the Wisden Trophy is to win this game. We will have to perform well to do that."