What the papers said about . . . the West Indies

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"Worst Indies." Sun

"Clatter go the Calypso Kings." Guardian

"The most poignant moment was when Walsh batted against McGrath. The Australian did not stint on the bouncer, making the Jamaican, who has terrorised his fair share of batsmen in recent years, hop around the crease. When a McGrath delivery struck him full on the body, Walsh simply shrugged his shoulders. He knew the party was over." Times

"The West Indies leave for England for a series that will determine whether this reversal is simply an aberration or whether their awesome strength with which they dominated international cricket for so long has been diminished. On the evidence of the past two months it appears they are in for lean times." Independent

"The cricket world will shed no crocodile tears over the end of the West Indies' 15 years of total domination. Most of the Test-playing nations will welcome Australia's series victory as a liberation from an age ruled by supreme skill, professionalism, and, let's face, it sheer terror." Mail

"Clive Lloyd, who might be termed the father of the West Indies blitzkreig style of cricket that kept them at the top for two decades, was a chastened observer of the final rites in Kingston. Lloyd believes the defeat is far from the 'death-knell' for West Indies cricket but says lessons must be learnt and action taken to make sure the rot does not set in." Telegraph

"And so the Frank Worrell Trophy goes Down Under. Thirty years ago, when Gary Sobers claimed the trophy in its inaugural series, the Calypsonian Sparrow sang that 'Australia is loss, West Indies is boss'. It is role- reversal time." Guardian

"England hopes will be improved further if Richardson does not change his wacky style of captaincy . . . Atherton is no tactical genius, but right now he looks a world-beater compared to Richardson." Sun