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STATEMENT BY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND PNCR ON THE VICTORY OF WEST INDIES IN THE SECOND CRICKET TEST IN AUSTRALIA.

The Leader of the Opposition and the People`s National Congress/Reform (PNCR) extend heartfelt congratulations to Kraigg Braithwaite, Captain of the West Indies, Guyanese Shamar Joseph, and the West Indies Cricket Team on their historic victory in the second test match against Australia at the GABBA in Brisbane, Australia.

This victory ended a twenty-seven-year stretch during which the West Indies failed to defeat Australia. Thus, this extraordinary victory is both significant and historic.

For the team to come from behind and draw, the series is also worthy of our highest commendation. Though the series ended 1-1, the performance of this team must be seen as a clear victory.

It will undoubtedly further inspire this young and talented team, Guyana, and the entire West Indies. Given that the current test team led by Kraigg Braithwaite is young and inexperienced relative to the present Test Champions, the mighty Australians make this achievement even more remarkable.

It must be recalled that at the commencement of the series, no one thought a victory was possible. The team’s focus, exceptional confidence, desire to win, dedication, and professional performance have resulted in the rekindling of hope in the future of West Indian fast bowling and West Indian cricket in general.

We also wish to acknowledge the outstanding and phenomenal efforts of our own Mr. Shamar Joseph, a Guyanese with a humble background from Baracara village deep in the Canjie Creek.

We share the great joy and pride of his family and fellow villagers. Shamar, on his debut test, achieved 5-94, He was able to surpass that performance with 7-68 while inspiring renewed hope for the future of Test cricket and more specifically West Indies fast bowling cricket prowess.

His debut performance promises even greater achievements. The Office of the Leader of Opposition and the PNCR are heartened by Shamar`s dedication, hard work, discipline, and remarkable ability to overcome problems and persevere in very trying circumstances.

It is our sincere hope that all Guyanese recognise what he has done for us all and show the respect and provide the support that are needed to ensure he continues on this path to success.. Let us hail his top-class accomplishment and be inspired by the success of our talented and spirited youth from Baracara.

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