Alas, as fate would have it, the West Indies played true to form. They wilted under the intense pressure of the Australians and their own lack of will, failing to make the measly target set by the Australians in what could otherwise have been accorded a good bowling spell by our cricketers.
In the final test in Barbados the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, must have recognised the paucity of spirit of the West Indian players. He readily gave a sporting declaration leaving the hapless Caribbean boys one full day and two thirds of another to make the runs. In a sense the Australians seemed to have had the confidence that they had given the Caribbean players an impossible undertaking. It was impossible because the players lacked the capacity mentally, to say nothing of their cricketing ability.
It came as no surprise therefore that following the conclusion of the test series, Ponting was able to confidently chide the West Indies team for their own lack of self-confidence. According to Ponting, the guys have been losing so often that they seem to have lost the capacity to engender within themselves the winning attitude.
Indeed Ponting may very well be correct. What we saw in the test series was a few players striving to do what could be considered their best, which at each stage was simply not good enough.
After the test series there was this one Twenty20 encounter that again showed just how much we continue to fool ourselves.
The Twenty20 match was reduced to 11 overs due to rain. The West Indies slammed their way to victory. By no means ought we to have even seen the encounter as something to shout about. But we were so hungry for victory since it is such a rare occurrence that when it came, however it came, we celebrated. The poor Caribbean media followed suit. Indeed, some may suggest that our regional media led the charge. We were carrying headlines showcasing how we were able to win an 11-over match against Australia.