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Cricket: Caribbean battlers display cool heads

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posted on Sep, 27 2004 @ 08:55 PM
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AS the final of the ICC Champions Trophy rose towards its stirring climax in the deep gloom of Saturday evening, the television cameras closed on a West Indies supporter praying with wide-open arms to an unseen presence above The Oval's grey canopy.

Divinely granted or not, the overdue win that followed brought a fitting end to months of torment for Brian Lara and his young side. It will have done much for their self-esteem, and nothing, in the longer run, to harm England's.

As always, there were lessons to be learned by both sides and those around them, including England coach Duncan Fletcher, who is always pressing for more one-day internationals in the belief that only at this level will players learn how to think on their feet in the heat of occasions such as this.


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