The international career of veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul appears to be over.
Chanderpaul has been left out of the Windies test squad to play Australia in a two test series next month.
The decision effectively end the career of the 40-year-old, who has played 164 Tests over 21 years and leaves him stranded just 86 runs short of Brian Lara's record 11,953 Test runs by a West Indian.
Despite a career average of 51.37 including 30 centuries, a poor series against England recently in which he scored just 96 runs in three Tests and failed to pass 50 sealed his fate.
The head of the selection panel, former Windies captain Lloyd, who himself played his last Test aged 40 against Australia in 1984, said the decision was a tough but necessary one to make.
"We recognise the significant contribution Chanderpaul has made to the West Indies teams over the last two decades, but we want to take this opportunity to introduce a number of young, promising players into the squad."
Chanderpaul is the sole casualty from the team which defeated England in three days in Barbados earlier this month to leave the series tied at one-all.
The first test starts in Dominica on June 3rd.