Bridgetown -- West Indies captain, Carl Hooper is confident about his team's chances for the fourth Test which begins in Antigua on Friday. This, after his team's comprehensive 10-wicket win here at Kensington Oval, to level the five Test series 1-1 within four days.
The West Indies scored a moral-boosting victory at one of its most revered Test venues -- Kensington Oval, in Barbados -- shortly after the luncheon interval on the fourth day. Speaking during the post match press conference, West Indies captain Carl Hooper said: "It was one of the few Test matches we played when we bowled and batted as a unit."
Hooper however, was careful to guard against his team becoming complacent. "We've had victories before. I don't think that we should get too carried away with this one. We still got another two Test matches to play, we want to enjoy the moment."
The West Indies captain feels that his team should "enjoy this victory". Hooper described the West Indies victory as convincing, and said that they outplayed their counterparts in every department. "On day one the bowlers set it up for us. Days two and three the batters put us in a good position, and then finishing off today with the bowlers again hanging in and bowling well."
When asked about the opening pair, Carl Hooper said: "I still have a lot of faith and hope in Stuart Williams and Chris Gayle." Asked if there should be any changes to the opening position for the fourth Test, the West Indies skipper said: "It is up to the selectors who they choose for the next game." Although Hooper doesn't believe that you should change a winning team, he was quick to add: "The selectors will obviously need to discuss their options and decide which way they want to go."
Meanwhile, Hooper's opposite number -- Saurav Ganguly -- is hoping for better performances all round from his men going into the Antigua Test. Ganguly, however, though admitting that "Tenduldar is human", did not blame his team's premier batsman for India's defeat. "I would have batted first anyway because I would not have known that the ball would have done a bit in the first hour."
Although the Indian skipper didn't place all the blame on his batsmen, he said that "a few things also happened during the game (which I don't want to get into), that could have put the game back on its course." But, Ganguly failed to elaborate on what those "few things" were.
Questioned about his own form, Ganguly said: "By God's grace I'm hitting the ball pretty well, and I hope that I can continue for the next few Test matches." But the Indian skipper is not giving up. He believes that India can still win the series. "There's a lot cricket left in the series."
On the question of Tendulkar's poor form, Ganguly said "He does great things for India, and I'm sure he'll have a hundred coming up in Antigua." Ganguly was quick to dismiss the suggestion that India was a one man team. "All of these guys play well. He (Tendulkar), is obviously the greatest batsman in the world and he can have a bad game like anyone else."
The Indians were however, comtemplating a come-from-behind win. Skipper Ganguly said that "We've come back from such situations and put runs on the board to win, but it didn't happen (today). Laxman got out of it early."
Ganguly was also quick to pay tribute the West Indies on their performance during the match. "Overall the West Indies played very well. In the end, there's no harm in accepting defeat when a side has played better than you." Ganguly said "You win some, you lose some. I'm pretty sure the boys are good enough to come back and take wickets and produce a result in the next two (Test matches)."
West Indies and India play in the fourth Cable & Wireless Test at the Antigua Recreation Grounds, from 10th to 14th May.