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"Yes, W.I can"
February 09, 2009

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For the past decade Viv Richards watched in anguish as West Indies cricket plummeted from the position of dominance he helped place them in.

But after the crushing innings and 23 run victory over England, who were skittled for just 51 on Saturday, the 'Master Blaster' had a smile on his face again.

"That was damn good, 100 percent West Indies," Richards, one of the most dashingly aggressive batsmen the game has seen, told Reuters.

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    In the 1980s when Richards, who averaged 50.23 in an illustrious 121-test career, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes dominated bowling attacks and the Caribbean team had a barrage of pace bowlers that struck fear into their opponents; West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world.

    These days they find themselves ranked seventh, above only New Zealand and Bangladesh among test nations, but the victory over England suggests a turning point may have been reached.

    "I said before the game that we now had to turn the corner and now I am hoping that this win could be that turn," said Richards.

    Photographs and Text: Reuters

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