CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh (CMC) — Interim Check Captain Kraigg Brathwaite believes the drawn tour recreation right here Sunday has supplied West Indies with the best warm-up for the primary Check, and says the facet should now give attention to executing their plans within the upcoming sequence.
Brathwaite was one in every of three batsmen to attain half-centuries within the three-day contest in opposition to a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI on the MA Aziz Stadium whereas off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall led the assault with a powerful five-wicket haul.
“[I am] very comfortable. I believed the blokes acquired a superb blow-out,” stated Brathwaite whose first innings 85 was the best rating within the recreation.
“The batters acquired two probabilities to bat — some guys acquired some good scores. The quick bowlers and the spinners acquired the second innings to bowl once more…and I used to be fairly comfortable.
“We acquired 10 wickets within the first innings which was good and I feel the blokes are able to go.”
There have been vivid spots within the West Indies batting, particularly following an insipid show within the previous one-day sequence.
Left-handed opener John Campbell chipped in with scores of 44 and 68 whereas the uncapped Nkrumah Bonner top-scored within the second innings with a sophisticated 80.
Bowling all-rounder Raymon Reifer (49), wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva (46) and Kyle Mayers (40) all acquired begins within the recreation however did not construct.
“I simply need to urge them to belief their plans — easy as that,” Brathwaite stated in reference to the batting group.
“Some guys acquired some good scores. We all know what we did to get these scores so we now have to belief that very same plan within the Check matches. I do know the blokes can do it.”
He continued: “It was superb to see Bonner get a pleasant rating, John batted nicely in each innings [along] with Kyle Mayers. I do not need to single out guys however clearly Bonner; I used to be actually comfortable for him.
“He has been working actually exhausting. Everyone has been working exhausting, to be sincere, nevertheless it was actually good to see him get a rating.
“I’m assured in all of the batters. Some guys did not get the rating they want however some guys nonetheless went into the nets and stored placing within the work.”
Brathwaite additionally praised Cornwall’s effort within the first innings when West Indies bundled the BCB facet out for 160.
“He bowled nicely, he created plenty of strain, bowled plenty of dot balls,” the 64-Check veteran stated.
“I do know the flexibility of Rahkeem, I do know he was all the time a high quality off-spinner so it was good to see him in these situations. I do know he’ll do nicely on this Check sequence.”
Looking forward to the upcoming Checks, the primary of which bowls off Wednesday [tonight, Caribbean time], Brathwaite stated execution was essential.
“I feel as a bowling unit we now have to stay to the plans, bowl to the sector and create strain with dot balls and wickets will come,” Brathwaite stated.
“Batting-wise, we now have to get batters to [carry on]. I acquired a fifty on this recreation however didn’t go on so I feel any batter that will get in, it is key for them to go on and get three figures and that may assist the crew get a pleasant complete.”
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