4th Test, St John's, May 9-13 2003, Australia tour of West Indies
240 & 417
(128.5 ov, target 418)
240 & 418/7
West Indies won by 3 wickets
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia240(72.1 overs)1st Innings
West Indies240(65.3 overs)1st Innings
Brian Lara68 (94)
Devon Smith37 (74)
Andy Bichel3/53(14)
Brett Lee3/72(15)
Australia417(104 overs)2nd Innings
Matthew Hayden177 (260)
Justin Langer111 (161)
West Indies418/7(128.5 overs)2nd Innings

Amazing scenes at St John's. Crowd delirious. This will do a world of good to West Indies cricket.

Test match history has been created here - West Indies erases the record India held against them, they now hold the record for the biggest successful run chase ever in Test cricket

This is indeed the time to savour the joy of Test cricket. This is indeed a historic Test match. Everyone must thanks the curator for preparing such a wonderful pitch that provided the ideal setting for a truly great Test match.

And for the people who say Test cricket is dull and boring, here is the answer for you!

You can go through the scorecard and the comms - over and over till you start believing that Test match can provide such boundless joy if played on a true surface.West Indies started the final day on 371/6, needing 47 runs to make

West Indies started the final day on 371/6, needing 47 runs to make it to a historic Test win.

The tension was a bit too much, everyone tried to put up a brave face, both the teams knew that history beckoned them. Just the one run was scored in three overs this morning, and then Brett Lee removed Chanderpaul (104) caught behind. West Indies were 372/7 at that stage, and Australia were in with a real chance then Waugh attacked with Gillespie and Lee initially, and then he turned to Stuart MacGill, and that was to prove extremely costly.

Vasbert Drakes smacked a huge six over long to release some pressure as West Indies marched towards a victory.

The presentation ceremony is on.

Man of the Match: Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Man of the Series: Ricky Ponting

All credit to Omari Banks and Vasbert Drakes, they stuck to their task, never failed to make full use of an opportunity to score runs. Banks in particular should be commended for playing a remarkable Test innings.

For someone who is so young and inexperienced to stay there till the end and remain unbeaten on a memorable 47* is indeed a great achievement.

Drakes too played his part so well - remaining unbeaten on 27. The two added unbeaten 46 runs for the eighth wicket partnership. One could go on and on, raving about the sheer quality of cricket in this Test match. Australia really deserved to win the Test series.

They are the best team in the world at this moment by a fair margin from the other Test playing nations.

It has been a wonderful Test match at St John's. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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MacGill to Drakes, FOUR runs
INCREDIBLE! West Indies wins!!! Long hop from MacGill, Drakes cuts it away for four.
MacGill to Drakes, no run
flat and quick, forward in defence
MacGill to Banks, 1 run
full-toss! would you believe that? Driven wide of long on, McGrath fields
MacGill to Banks, no run
big shout for lbw, not out
MacGill to Banks, FOUR runs
dear-oh-dear! The customary full toss from MacGill, Banks gets a faint edge and the ball races down to fine leg for four

MacGill to continue, this could be risky

end of over 1281 runs
WI: 409/7CRR: 3.19 
Vasbert Drakes23 (45)
Omari Banks42 (111)
Glenn McGrath25-10-50-1
Stuart MacGill35-8-140-1
McGrath to Drakes, no run
outside the off, left alone
McGrath to Drakes, no run
bouncer, surprises Drakes, wanted to hook it, then decides against it
McGrath to Drakes, no run
just outside the off, has a very good look at it, leaves it alone
McGrath to Drakes, no run
right on target, making the batsman play at it, defended
McGrath to Banks, 1 run
pushes forward, outside edge - a thick one that too, down to thirdman for a single
McGrath to Banks, no run
straight away on a good line and length, punched towards mid-on, no chance of a run

West Indies require just 10 runs. Waugh turns to his seasoned pro - Glenn McGrath

end of over 1271 runs
WI: 408/7CRR: 3.21 
Vasbert Drakes23 (41)
Omari Banks41 (109)
Stuart MacGill35-8-140-1
Jason Gillespie25-10-64-1
MacGill to Drakes, no run
pushes forward, another big shout for lbw, looked like some inside edge on it
MacGill to Drakes, no run
goes for the cut, beaten
MacGill to Drakes, no run
another big shout for lbw, pitched outside the line of leg, not out
MacGill to Drakes, no run
loud shout for lbw, not out says umpire Shepherd, that was pitching on leg and middle and was holding its line, wonder why it is not out, too close anyway
MacGill to Banks, 1 run
tucked behind square for a run
MacGill to Banks, no run
forward in defence

MacGill continues...

end of over 1265 runs
WI: 407/7CRR: 3.23 
Vasbert Drakes23 (37)
Omari Banks40 (107)
Jason Gillespie25-10-64-1
Stuart MacGill34-8-139-1

Match State: Drinks

Gillespie to Drakes, FOUR runs
hohohoho! Call it the French cut if you want to - doesn't matter, thick inside edge and the ball goes down to fine leg fence for four. West Indies are now just 11 runs away from winning
Best performances - batsmen
ML Hayden
177 runs (260)
22 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
42 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
JL Langer
111 runs (161)
17 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
JJC Lawson
B Lee
Match details
Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Player Of The Series
Ricky Ponting
Series resultAustralia won the 4-match series 3-1
Match numberTest no. 1645
Match days9,10,11,12,13 May 2003 (5-day match)
Srinivas Venkataraghavan
David Shepherd
TV Umpire
Billy Doctrove
Match Referee
Mike Procter