Man-of-Series plans to stick around
In front of 8,00 fans, off-spinner Shane Shillingford yesterday basked in the glory of another 10-wicket haul in Test cricket as the West Indies wrapped up the two-Test series against Zimbabwe.
He followed up his five for 59 in the Zimbabwe first innings on Wednesday with five for 34 yesterday and ended with the impressive match figures of 10 for 93. Overall he claimed a record 19 wickets in the two-match series to surpass the previous West Indies record of 16 wickets by Courtney Walsh in New Zealand in 1995. It was Shillingford's second ten-wicket haul at his home ground following his 10-219 against Australia a year ago.
"It was a really great team performance and we are all very proud of what we achieved. Without my team-mates I couldn't do it and couldn't have achieved what I did today. The spirit was really good and I'm just happy we came out with this victory to clinch the series," Shillingford said after he accepted the Match-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards.
"Today, I concentrated and was willing to be patient to get my wickets. It was a matter of not being complacent and applying ourselves. One of our goals was not to be complacent. We knew once we had them down we had to keep them down and that is what we did. It turned out the way we wanted it to. As a bowler I just want to keep taking wickets," he added.
Reflecting on the period last year when he was left out of the Test team after his heroics against Australia, he said: "When I was dropped I felt 'a certain way', but I never let it get to me too deep. I was looking forward to the first-class season to go there and take some wickets and work my way back into the Test team.
"It was hard work to get back, but now I'm back I plan to stay here."