VVS Laxman to retire after Adelaide Test?

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Perth: Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman would likely to retire from Test cricket at the end of the series, according to the sources.

Laxman, who has had a very indifferent Australian series so far, has struggled against the Australian quicks and has amassed only 102 run in 6 innings at the average of just 17.

If some close friends of Laxman in Indian media are to be believed, Laxman would bid goodbye to the international cricket after the last Test against Australia at Adelaide, scheduled to be played from January 24.

It is not sure whether Laxman would be selected for the last Test, but if sources are to be believed, the Australian tour would be his last international series.

As Indian team`s pathetic show continues in Australia former players say senior players like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid should plan their timely retirements.

Former skipper Sourav Ganguly said age is catching up with Dravid and Laxman and India must look for their alternatives before the next series abroad.

"You cannot expect Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to keep on repeating what they did at the Eden Gardens a decade ago. They were young then and are now nearing 40. I have always said the senior players should decide the timing of their retirement on their own.”

"Dravid and Laxman will continue to score runs at home. However, India`s next series abroad will now be in 2013 so they have to make a mature decision," Ganguly opined.

Ganguly was of the view that India cannot save the Perth match and will lose the Adelaide Test too.

World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev came down hard on the BCCI for not doing enough to build a strong team.