Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley has saluted the West Indies team, in particular the young players, for their victory today at the Kensington Oval.
The hosts crushed England by five wickets to tie the three match Wisden Test Series 1-1.
While congratulating members of the regional side on their convincing win, which they managed to seal within three days of the five-day Barbados test match, Mottley urged them to stay focused and to keep striving for excellence.
“You carry with you the hopes and prayers of a proud and resilient people,” she said in a statement, in which she also lamented that “too often we spend an inordinate amount of time on the failings of young people”.
“. . . today at Kensington Oval we showed that there is much more to our young people and to the spirit of West Indian endeavour than getting out there and just taking a shot.
“Today we proved that once you study the conditions, know your purpose, know on whose shoulders you stand and bat and bowl your heart out, victory is yours,” the Barbados Labour Party leader said.
“It is the same attitude and resolve whether you are doing the small or big things, whether you are playing cricket or doing Common Entrance or CAPE,” she added.