April 13, 2024

West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite© X (formerly Twitter)

West Indies cricket team skipper Kraigg Braithwaite said that the side used Australia great Rodney Hogg’s comments to show the world that they are not ‘hopeless and pathetic’. Ahead of the Test series against Australia, Hogg made some harsh comments regarding West Indies as he pointed at the fact that they last won a Test match on Australian soil back in 1997. The jinx was finally broken on Sunday as pacer Shamar Joseph took seven wickets to guide West Indies to a eight-run win at the Gabba.

“I must say we had two words that inspired us in this Test match, Mr. Rodney Hogg said that we were pathetic and hopeless. That was our inspiration. We wanted to show the world we’re not pathetic. And I must ask him, are these muscles big enough for him (Shows his biceps). I wanted to show the world what we’re made of,” Brathwaite said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The West Indies skipper further added that the win over Australia does a lot for them and hoped that this is just the ‘beginning’ for the group of players who showed immense potential in the match.

“We won a Test match in Australia. It does a lot for West Indies cricket. It means a lot. It’s been a number of years since we’ve won a Test match here. But my message to the group is that this is the beginning. It’s amazing, we enjoy this, but this has to continue. I’m extremely proud,” Braithwaite added.

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.

Joseph was outstanding Sunday, bowling 11.5 overs of hostile pace to finish with 7-68 in just his second Test.

(With AFP inputs)

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