Let's savour the moment
Guyana Chronicle
May 15, 2003

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`IN UNITY there is strength!'

That aptly describes the monumental performance of the West Indies cricket team which defeated Australia by three wickets in the fourth and final Cable & Wireless Test at The Antigua Recreation Ground on Tuesday.

Pulverised by the men from `Down Under' in the preceding Test matches and on the verge of suffering an unprecedented whitewash in their homeland, the West Indies completed a miraculous performance in attaining a total of 418, never before achieved by any team to win a Test in the 126 years this glorious game has been played.

In seeming chaos and confusion at the commencement of the series at our own Bourda sward, the Windies finally got it right in the final Test with the best combination of players.

Led by the searing pace of Jermaine Lawson and two stroke-filled centuries by the Guyanese duo of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with solid support from captain Brian Lara, Mervyn Dillon and the cool, calm and collective 20-year-old Anguillan Omari Banks, the West Indies created history at the expense of the world champions.

Lara opined that it was a tremendous team effort and lauded the contributions of substitute fielders, Marlon Samuels and Carlton Baugh.

In the euphoria the West Indies players and authorities must ensure that they are not carried away by what has been an excellent performance.

The West Indies team needs to be consistent if it is to be ranked with the top teams of the day and one hopes that this historic victory will serve as a catalyst to the proliferation of youngsters who dominate the composition of the team.

The entire West Indian nation was very tense as play on the fifth and final day began and erupted in unison as the multi-talented team performed the impossible.

It is a victory that has made the West Indian nation proud - a nation bruised and battered by an unprecedented upsurge in criminal activities.

Let's all savour the moment.

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