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Last Updated:  Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 22:20 GMT 23:20 UK
Waugh hails team effort
Australia captain Steve Waugh paid tribute to his side after they wrapped up a comfortable nine-wicket win over the West Indies in the first Test in Guyana.

Australia skipper Steve Waugh
Waugh won his 34th Test match as captain
It was Australia's 13th win from their last 15 Test matches, although they still trail South Africa in the official Test rankings.

"I was pleased with the way we played this match and it was a good team effort," said Waugh.

"We worked hard - it's not an easy wicket to get a victory on."

Waugh also dismissed the notion his side were concentrating their efforts on West Indies captain Brian Lara.

"We won this Test by nine wickets, so I'm not worried about Brian Lara," he said.

"I'd be happy if Brian made 100 in every match and we won by nine wickets.

"We started off well on day one having the West Indies at 5-53 which put us in a great position and I was really pleased with the way we finished the game off today."

Waugh, making a record 157th Test appearance, singled out bowler Jason Gillespie for particular praise.

Gillespie took 5-39 in West Indies' second innings on his return to the Test stage after an Achilles tendon injury.

"For Jason to take five wickets on this pitch is a magnificent performance," said Waugh.

I'm very proud of the guys
Brian Lara
"He really deserves the rewards for the work he's put in over a long period of time."

And despite several questionable decisions, Waugh refused to criticise the umpires' performance.

"You don't want to end up with robots out there," he said.

"We don't want the sport to be Americanised.

"We want to have controversy and we want to have something to talk about. That's why cricket is unique.

"We all make mistakes."

Gillespie was delighted with his five wicket haul.

He said: "The wicket was a bit up and down and I just bowled straight.

"That's what the goal was and that's what we did.

"To take 20 wickets on that pitch was fantastic for us as a team."

Newly reinstated West Indies captain Brian Lara tried to look on the bright side of a crushing defeat.

He said: "I'm very proud of the guys.

"We made some inroads into the Australians and we now have a better idea on how they are going to play for the rest of the series."

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