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Windies apologise for England thrashing

16/03/2004 05:31:07 AM Comments (0)

The West Indies cricket team on Monday issued an unprecedented public apology for their shocking performance on the fourth day of the first Test match that resulted in a crushing defeat to England.

The team further apologised for the inappropriate conduct of four members of the team who were seen in the Mound Stand, a party stand at Sabina Park, following the loss.

Michael Vaughan's side, bidding to end England's 36-year wait for a Test series victory over West Indies in the Caribbean, completed a 10-wicket triumph in the opening Test after a career best bowling performance from Steve Harmison.

The fast bowler captured seven for 12 from 12.3 overs - the best bowling analysis at Sabina Park - to sink West Indies for their lowest Test total of 47.

The visitors wrapped up a sensational victory about 20 minutes before lunch to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series.

"I am disgusted at the thoughtlessness and shamelessness displayed by these players following such an horrific performance," remarked West Indies manager Ricky Skerritt in a media statement issued through the team's media liaison, Imran Khan.

Skerritt added that the matter of the players visiting the party stand is under investigation and the players will be dealt with appropriately.

The manager said he wanted to reassure the public that the team has been working hard and is committed to winning this series.

Both West Indies captain Brian Lara and coach Gus Logie commented that the team shared the pain caused by the defeat and will be doubling its efforts towards achieving success in this series.

"The result of the first Test does not give a true reflection of our team's preparation for the match," Lara said.

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