West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Barbados, 3rd day April 3, 2004

Vaughan: 'It was a team effort'

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Michael Vaughan, England's captain, and Graham Thorpe, Man of the Match spoke to the press after the match, as did a depressed Brian Lara:

Michael Vaughan

"It still hasn't sunk in. It's just an amazing achievement. It's all down to a lot of hard work going back before Christmas. There's also a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Duncan Fletcher, the coach, and Troy Cooley, the bowling coach, have been great, as have the physios and the masseuse. I'm also pleased for the five guys who didn't play. They've put in a lot of hard work. It was a team effort."

"We were looking down the barrel yesterday, but a great innings from Graham Thorpe got us back in the game. I'm delighted for Matthew Hoggard too. To get a hat-trick in Barbados is something special and to finish the game in three days with 10 to 20,000 Brits behind us was fantastic."

Graham Thorpe

"It probably rates second behind my hundred at The Oval [against South Africa last summer] on my comeback. This is as good as it gets, we've played well as a team with a good blend of youth and experience. To get a hundred at Barbados is a fantastic achievement. I was grateful to them [Simon Jones and Stephen Harmison] for helping me to my hundred. All in all, it was a great team effort."

Brian Lara

"We need to get back to the nets. Again we didn't bat very well. We struggled with the ball swinging in and away from us and we need to work on it. We now have to regroup. The guys are in shock. We haven't lost to England here for 36 years and the guys will be hurting. We need to get it together and get going in Antigua."