West Indies, No. 8 in the Test rankings, arrived in England without batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Keemo Paul, who pulled out of the tour citing concerns about safety during the pandemic.
Few expected them to beat fourth-ranked England but Jason Holder‘s team prevailed by four wickets in a see-saw contest.
A “great week of Test cricket,” Vaughan said.
“For the West Indies to have come over to play is remarkable in these times… For them to have played so well & won is incredible,” tweeted Vaughan.
“I don’t even think England fans will be too disappointed…bloody love Test cricket.”
Great week of Test Cricket … For the West Indies to have come over to play is remarkable in these times … For t… https://t.co/p7Fr1yCcGH
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1594572772000
West Indies batting great Viv Richards was over the moon.
“First game after the break belongs to us,” tweeted the former captain.
“Some gritty performance from the lads. This team deserves the win in this game. Congratulations boys. You make us proud.”
First game after the break belongs to us!Some gritty performance from the lads. This team deserves the win in thi… https://t.co/Y9Z3vAaoxN
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) 1594573157000
Indian great Sachin Tendulkar praised the “good all-round” performance by both teams while captain Virat Kohli also hailed the “Top display of Test cricket”.
Good all-round performances by players from both teams. Jermaine Blackwood played a crucial knock in a tense situa… https://t.co/7ks1SQZmUO
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1594572942000
Wow @windiescricket what a win. Top display of test cricket.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1594573030000
“Cricket is so much better with @windiescricket doing well in the longest format of the game,” tweeted former India quick Irfan Pathan.
Cricket is so much better with @windiescricket doing well in the longest format of the game.Congratulations to the… https://t.co/Dodea4tZIP
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1594573223000
The three-Test ‘bio-secure’ series moves to Manchester for the second match from Thursday.
British actor Hugh Laurie summed up the impact of the Southampton Test on the game’s followers.
“What a game of cricket. It doesn’t solve anything, cure anything, make anything go away – but what a game of cricket,” he tweeted.
What a game of cricket. It doesn’t solve anything, cure anything, make anything go away – but what a game of cricket.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) 1594492366000