Australian pace bowler, Ryan Harris, was called from the toilet to complete Australia’s thrilling run chase against the West Indies.
Harris, was shocked to be promoted up to the eighth spot in the batting lineup, and so were the few Australian fans in the ground when he walked out to join Ben Hilfenhaus.
Harris, who was awarded with the Man of the Match honours for making 68 in the first innings, while also taking five wickets in the match, said: “I was actually in the toilet and they came running in to get me, I had no idea.”
Following a 43 run deficit in the first innings, the Australians fought back and bowled out the West Indians for 148, before winning the match in the dying light.
Harris was still out on the pitch when Hilfenhaus hit the winning runs, as the pair played a vital role in giving Australia a 1-0 lead in the Test series.
“I actually said to Mike Huss’ before tea that I’d love to be out there at the end of a Test match and hit the winning runs. I didn’t do that but I was out there, it was a good feeling,” Harris said.
There was a scary moment for the pair, when they anxiously waited for the third umpire’s decision over a run out possibility, however, the anxiety soon turned to celebration as the green light was given.
“He said he was [confident], then he wasn’t, then we heard the roar from up on the balcony and we knew we were home,” Harris said.
Harris, also stated that the first Test match against the West Indies was “one of the hardest Test matches I’ve played in my short career.”