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Wisden Cricinfo staff
September 18, 2004
After rain postponed the second half of the South Africa-West Indies match at The Oval, Brian Lara praised his spinners' efforts, while Herschelle Gibbs explained what had turned his fortunes around and helped him reach his first one-day hundred for 17 months:
On how he felt before his innings
I was quite relaxed going in this morning. I had a pizza for the first time in a few months. I got the feel of the wicket. We knew that to use the first 15 overs would be important, as the wicket was just going to get slower. It's the sort of wicket that you have to play straight on.
On how last night's pizza helped him
Maybe it helped with the balance this morning. It would get me a bit more firm on my feet. It made me sleep a bit better.
Was it just pizza, or was there something else?
It was washed down with a bit of Jack Daniels!
On the toss
We had to make a decision and it seemed that the pitch looked a bit dry. It was a good track. The West Indies team, in the past, has been good at chasing rather than setting a total. Getting them out for 246 was a good effort from the guys. It's more of a spinner's track than anything else.
On restricting South Africa to 246 after they had been 101 for 0
I thought it was a very special effort from the guys, especially the spinners. I am happy with the total.
On Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is a top allrounder. He can bowl in the middle overs and at the death. He is very, very important to the team. He's an integral part of the team.
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