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Lara 'Sunday could mark my comeback'

Cricket legend Brian Lara returns to cricket on Sunday at Lord's as part of an MCC side taking on the touring Pakistanis in a Twenty20 match at Lord's.

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Former West Indies captain and multiple record-holder Lara was tempted out of retirement to play again at Lord's - a ground he calls "phenomenal".

India's Sourav Ganguly will captain a strong side taking on the Pakistanis at Lord's on Sunday 27 June.

Lara has been spending a lot of time in the nets at Lord's getting himself ready to stride out onto the pitch at the Home of Cricket again:

"Of course I am [looking forward to it]." Lara said.

"It has been a while since I played in a competitive match, surely I will be a bit rusty, but it's great to have on the gear again."

Lara never played Twenty20 cricket internationally, retiring just before the format took off but he's looking forward to see how he can adapt his game to the shorter format:

" I wouldn't know until I try it. I will have to make a slight adjustment to my game.

"In the past I liked laying a foundation for my innings even in the one day game, but the Twenty20 game there is no time for that.

"On Sunday though I believe I will be excused if I take my time!"

Those in the crowd will surely agree with that - a rare chance to see one of cricket's greatest batsmen playing at Lord's is not to be missed.

Time to un-retire?

Lara's excited about the shorter format though and despite others' reservations he believes Twenty20 can have a positive impact on cricket generally:

"[It will affect cricket] positively." Lara insisted. "I'm from the old school, I love Test cricket and I'm very happy that was the game I made my name in, but everything in life changes.

"Evolution is important. Timeless Test matches; to five day Test matches with a rest day; now no rest days; there were limited overs in the 70s.

"Americans took cricket and created baseball."

The evolution of the sport, including the Indian Premier League, has reinvigorated Lara's interest in cricket and made him reconsider his decision to retire:

"I'm thinking about it [coming out of retirement]. I would love to be a player/coach."

"[I was] very close to joining Surrey this season. I was disappointed the talks broke down.

"If I have intentions of getting back and making an impression in IPL 2011 I need to start playing now."

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The 'comeback' starts on Sunday. The special place Lord's has in Lara's heart was a major factor in tempting him to pull on his pads again:

"As I said before Lord's is one of the few places that only have to to ask. It's history is phenomenal! Just the walk through the Long Room is good enough."

Make sure you're here to watch. Tickets are available on the gate on match day, priced just £20 for adults and only £5 for under-16s.

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