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‘Indomitable spirit’

‘Indomitable spirit’

Cricket West Indies president, Dr Kishore Shallow, has underscored the “indomitable spirit” of the Caribbean side and applauded captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s “exemplary leadership”, during the just concluded two-Test tour of Australia.

An under-strength West Indies lost the opening game in Adelaide by 10 wickets but hit back strongly to win the second Test by eight runs in Brisbane, to force a 1-1 draw in the series.

The series result halted a worrisome run of nine consecutive series defeats, with the Brisbane victory marking West Indies’ first in Tests Down Under for 27 years.

“This victory is a testament to the indomitable spirit of West Indies cricket. It demonstrates our ability to rise above adversity and justly be among the world’s cricketing elite,” Shallow said in a statement on the board’s website.

“Captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s exemplary leadership has been instrumental in guiding our team through challenges and victories alike. “His resilience, determination, and unwavering dedication to the cause have inspired this young team and every member of our cricketing fraternity.”

West Indies’ resurgence at the Gabba was led by the inspirational fast bowler Shamar Joseph, who wrecked Australia with a spell of seven for 68 on Sunday’s penultimate day.

The hosts began the day on 60 for two in pursuit of 216 for victory and had reached 113 without further loss before Joseph’s introduction, three-quarters of an hour into the first session.

He proceeded to snatch the next six wickets to leave the Aussies tottering at lunch, before picking up the final of the two wickets to fall after the break.

“The stellar performance of debutant Shamar Joseph is a shining example of the talent and potential within our ranks,” Shallow said. “His remarkable contribution underscores the depth of talent in West Indies cricket and bodes well for the future of our sport.”

Joseph was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his effort and named Man-of-the-Series for his 13 wickets at 17 runs apiece.

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