Bridgetown (Barbados): Australian skipper Michael Clarke described the three-wicket victory over West Indies as his best win as Test captain even better than their remarkable win against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Clarke is fast building an impressive portfolio of stirring Test successes at the helm.
Conceding a 43-run first-innings deficit, Australia bowled out the Windies for 148 early on the final day before surviving a late scare to emerge victorious in fading light.
“We did everything we could to try and win the Test match and it`s very, very rewarding now sitting in the change rooms with that bunch of boys that we got the result we were after - after a lot of hard work, a couple of days with, I guess, our backs to the wall,” Clarke said.
“But to be able to fight and get a result like that, that`s as special a win as I`ve had in my career. [It was] a just reward for hanging in, the team showing true character and fight and not giving up.”
"I think whatever happened this afternoon, whether we won the game, drew the game or lost the game, I think we certainly showed a lot of fight, a lot of character,” stuff.co.nz quoted Clarke, as saying.
The second Test starts in Port of Spain in Trinidad on Sunday.