There has been an outpouring of emotion after the West Indies secured a historic win over Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.
It was the first time the West Indies have won a Test match in Australia since 1997 and it reduced legends of the game to tears.
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West Indies team assistant Carl Hooper — a former captain and star allrounder — was caught on camera in a broadcast room, by himself and inconsolable.
“What it means to Carl Hooper!” sports journalist Ben Cameron wrote on social media, posting vision of the moment, which showed Hooper trying to contain himself as he wiped the tears from his face.
Brian Lara — one of the greatest batters ever to play the game — was also in tears.
Carl Hooper was overcome with emotion after the win. Credit: X
Tears welled up in Lara’s eyes while in his commentary box, as he uttered the words, “This is unbelievable.
“Twenty-seven years to beat Australia. Young, inexperienced, written off … this West Indies team can stand tall today. West Indies cricket can stand tall.”
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Channel 7 commentator and former West Indies bowler Ian Bishop said it was an incredible Test match victory and a stunning performance from Shamar Joseph.
The 24-year-old Joseph took 7-68, running through the Australian batting order and reviving memories of the great West Indian fast bowlers of the 1980s and 1990s.
“First day-night Test win for the West Indies … Hard to find any (performance) in the history of the game perhaps to top this,” an emotional Bishop said.
“Not many people will be sleeping right now in the Caribbean, I will tell you that.”
Later Bishop took to social media to again hail the performance of Joseph.
“Thanks to this young man Shamar Joseph for bowling one of the most remarkably courageous, and high quality spells on an injured right foot,” Bishop said.
“All credit to you and your loved ones, bro, for what you have achieved and will continue to achieve.”
Meanwhile, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said a disrespectful sledge by former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg helped drive his side to the stunning eight-run upset win in the Gabba Test.
Kraigg Brathwaite responds to Rodney Hogg’s criticism after the famous win. Credit: @CricketAustralia
Brathwaite and members of his team were shown a video clip of Hogg making comments about the West Indies team and it lit the fuse for an emphatic response.
“Rodney Hogg said we were pathetic and hopeless so that was our motivation. I want to ask him, ‘Are these muscles big enough for you?’” Brathwaite said at the post-match presentation.
In the press conference after the win that drew the series at 1-1, Brathwaite elaborated on Hogg’s comments.
“He expressed himself about how he felt about us as a group and we wanted to let him know that we heard him. We planned well as a group, but we saw his words and that was extra motivation for us as well,” he said.
“Test match cricket is never easy (or) winning Test matches. When you have a guy disrespecting West Indies, and us players that are playing, it is hurtful.”
Bishop and Lara were both involved in the celebrations that followed, with Lara playing a key role in the West Indies’ last Test victory over Australia.
“It means everything to do it in front of the legends like Brian Lara and to win in Australia, a place we haven’t won in a number of years. And to do it with this young group with seven uncapped players is nothing but amazingly special,” Brathwaite said.
“Everyone loves the West Indies and for us to come and do it against the number one team in the world here in Australia … it is great. We have won one Test match and this is a new beginning for us but we still have work to do.
“Once this group has the belief and plays with heart we can do anything.”
– With AAP