West Indian skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has revealed the stinging criticism that motivated his young side throughout its unforgettable drought-breaking Test win over Australia.
Brathwaite’s side on Sunday night pulled off one of the most incredible wins in the West Indies’ recent history, defeating Australia by eight runs and securing their first Test victory on Australian soil in 27 years.
There were jubilant and chaotic scenes among West Indies players after the final wicket of the match was taken by Shamr Joseph, who took seven wickets in just over one session in one of the greatest bowling spells by a touring bowler on Australian soil.
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Speaking on the dais to Fox Cricket’s Isa Guha post-match, Brathwaite said he was “extremely proud” of his troops, before referring to strong quotes about his side from ex-Aussie quick Rodney Hogg.
“I must say we had two words that inspired us in this test match. Mr Rodney Hogg said we were ‘pathetic’ and ‘hopeless’, so that source was our inspiration. We wanted to show the world we’re not pathetic,” Brathwaite said.
“And I must ask him: Are these muscles big enough for him?”
Asked what this will do for Test cricket in the West Indies, Brathwaite said: “It does a lot. It means a lot for us. It’s been a number of years since we won a Test match here.
“My message to the group is this is the beginning. I think it’s amazing and we enjoy this, but this has to continue.”
The West Indies, who brought an understrength side to Australia for the Test series, gave debuts to four players, including Joseph, in the two Tests.
They were beaten inside three days in Adelaide last week and were expected to suffer a similar fate in the day-night Test in Brisbane.
But after bowling Australia out for 207 in the second session Sunday, the West Indies recorded their first win in Australia since they last tasted victory in Perth in 1997.
“The guys showed a lot of fight and heart especially after the first Test,” Brathwaite said. “Especially the batsmen not doing well. It was good to see Josh and ‘Hodgey’ and Kirk put in a fight.
“Playing against the No. 1 team is amazing. I think we can only get better and we can only learn from this win.”
Asked if he’d like to play more Test cricket, Brathwaite said: “Of course. I believe the more the better, because that’s how you learn.
“If it’s two games that are spaced out, you take longer to learn. I will love more Test cricket for sure.”
Joseph, who had to retire hurt after being hit on the toe in the second innings on Saturday night, did not bowl Saturday and only came into the attack 45 minutes into the first session.
But he was outstanding Sunday, bowling 11.5 overs of hostile pace to finish with 7-68 in just his second Test.
“Honestly, he’s a superstar. I know He will do great things for West Indies in the future,” Brathwaite said.
— with AFP
Originally published as West Indies’ stunning response to Aussie great’s ‘pathetic, hopeless’ swipe