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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
Happy England celebrate
M Vaughan
Vaughan holds aloft the Wisden Trophy in the evening sunshine
Michael Vaughan has praised his England team after they wrapped up a 3-0 series win in the Caribbean.

England drew the final Test against West Indies in Antigua and Vaughan came into form with 140, his highest knock since taking over as captain.

He said: "It's always nice to score a few runs and help the team to a draw. We played very well and it was a privilege to see Brian Lara score 400."

England now take on the West Indies in seven one-day internationals.

Vaughan added: "We are now looking forward to a good one-day series and hopefully we can take that trophy as well.

"I hope everyone is as happy as we all feel. It's a fantastic achievement by all who contributed, not just the 11 who played but the whole squad and the support staff.

"We always felt like we had 12 on the field because of our support out here and we really appreciate that. It's been a historic tour.

"We are a young side and we must now build on this and drive forward for the New Zealand series in the summer."

Brian Lara, who stunned the cricket world with 400 not out in West Indies' 751-5 declared in the first innings, still had to carry the can as the defeated skipper in a 3-0 series defeat.

He said: "If we are going to learn from this game, we must put in the hard work and maybe get the result another time.

"All I want is to bring more cohesion in the West Indies team and our people.

"I think we have learnt from England how to put a game together.

"They have batted and bowled in partnerships and they have played like a team over all five days. We need to learn to play five days to win Test matches."

The Trinidadian also applauded man of the series Steve Harmison, who, he said, had "made a great name for himself in the Caribbean".

England skipper Michael Vaughan
"It's a fantastic achievement by all who contributed"


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