June 28, 2003

'It changed my life' - Fidel Edwards

Wisden CricInfo staff

Excerpts from how Fidel Edwards, his captain and the West Indian media reacted to Edwards's sensational Test match debut:

Fidel Edwards Being selected for West Indies actually changed my life. I have been nervous the whole week... but when I got on the field and I got the ball in my hand I just wanted to bowl. I went out there and bowled on a line and put the ball in the right areas.

Brian Lara We weren't expecting something like that from him (Fidel Edwards). It's nice to see someone come out on his debut and join the record books and a very elite crowd. I hope he goes on from strength to strength. I am sure he knows this is the start of something. He's got to work hard and he's got to maintain his fitness.

The Jamaica Observer When the news came through earlier this week that Fidel Edwards had been selected in a West Indies Test squad, the most asked question was "Fidel who?" Yesterday, the Caribbean and the cricketing world got their answer. And while West Indies captain Brian Lara wasn't saying it, he and his fellow selectors must have felt like geniuses, and totally vindicated.

Edwards whose slinging, back-wrenching action consistently raised a buzz ... became the most successful West Indies bowling debutant since Nehemiah Perry took 5-70 in his first Test against Australia at Sabina Park in 1999.

Tony Becca, in The Jamaica Gleaner Edwards, the 21-year-old inexperienced, unknown newcomer who became only the eighth West Indian to take five or wickets on debut, impressed with his pace, swing, bounce, aggressiveness and composure.