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West Indies v England 4th Test



Ramnaresh Sarwan (left) and Denesh Ramdin
Sarwan (left) and Ramdin led West Indies to a first innings total of 749-9

West Indies skipper Chris Gayle lauded centurions Ramnaresh Sarwan and Denesh Ramdin following the drawn fourth Test against England in Barbados.

Sarwan scored 291 and wicketkeeper Ramdin 166, his maiden Test ton, as the hosts made 749-9 in the first innings.

"They batted brilliantly," said Gayle. "We knew Denesh was capable, but he's been under pressure. This knock will ease it, hopefully.

"He'll be on his home ground next, and he could get another big one there."

Gayle, whose side lead 1-0 in the series with one Test remaining, added that his side would be going for the win in Trinidad.

"We're 1-0 up, but it would be nice to see a result pitch in Trinidad," said Gayle. "We will go there and try to win the game.

"England have to play catch-up cricket. If we can continue to get runs and bowl well it will be difficult for England."

Sarwan, who was named man-of-the-match, said old-fashioned hard work was the key to his improved form in this series.

"I'm in pretty good form and I'm trying to make the most of it, so hopefully the runs will continue to come," said the Guyanese middle-order batsman, who has scored 598 runs in the series, including two centuries, a double-century and a score of 94.

"I'm much more mentally ready than I was in New Zealand [where Sarwan scored 20 runs in three innings] and I've done a lot of physical work, as well as a lot of work in the nets.

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"It would have been great to get 300, but I'm still pretty happy.

"I've been around for a long time [Sarwan, 28, has played 78 Tests], so it's important to help the younger guys out.

"Denesh needed my support in this match and it was really good to see him score a hundred."

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