BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Former Take a look at Vice-Captain Deryck Murray believes West Indies may gain advantage from Kraigg Brathwaite’s retention as captain for subsequent month’s Take a look at collection towards Sri Lanka, and common skipper Jason Holder specializing in his position as an all-rounder within the setup.
Brathwaite has drawn widespread reward for uplifting an inexperienced West Indies to a convincing 2-0 collection win over Bangladesh — the primary time in practically a decade the Caribbean facet have received two Assessments on away soil.
And Murray mentioned as soon as selectors retained the core of the squad from the Bangladesh tour for the upcoming collection, there was a “robust case” for Brathwaite changing Holder.
“I don’t discard Kraigg Brathwaite as captain robotically, so we have to take a look at what occurs between now and [the Sri Lanka series]… what’s the crew we’re going to put collectively,” Murray mentioned.
“And whether it is that 4 or 5 [members] of this crew that has simply accomplished the sport in Bangladesh are going to be in that crew [for Sri Lanka], there is a robust case for [retaining Brathwaite].”
He continued: “There’s a robust case for saying to Jason Holder ‘come again, haven’t got the pressures of captaincy on you. You’ll be the central all-rounder on this crew, you are going to bat at six, we want you to assault as a bowler, be a wicket-taking bowler, not a containing bowler because the fourth seamer within the crew.’
“And subsequently we have to have the most effective obtainable crew at the moment who’re coming in with the boldness of simply having been profitable.”
Brathwaite was requested to guide a 15-man Take a look at squad with 4 debutants after Holder, together with 4 different first selection gamers, declined choice for the tour as a consequence of COVID-19 issues.
The 29-year-old Holder, who has led West Indies in 37 Assessments since 2015, mentioned earlier this month he was additionally affected by “psychological fatigue” from having performed a number of back-to-back collection in bio-secure “bubbles” as a result of ongoing pandemic.
In his absence, Brathwaite led the facet fantastically, overseeing an historic three-wicket win within the opening Take a look at in Chattogram and an exciting 17-run win within the Dhaka second Take a look at.
Murray argued that with Brathwaite having checked all of the bins within the current tour, it was now tough for selectors to discard him.
“We now must see how we will seize that crew work, that crew spirit that confirmed itself on the sector. How can we seize that behind the scenes and make the best decisions.,” the 77-year-old informed Starcom Radio’s Mason and Visitor.
“Kraigg Brathwaite pulled that crew collectively, as captain he put himself on to bowl at a vital time within the [second innings of the last Test].
“That was an individual who was optimistic, who was doing issues. Will we now say, ‘Thanks very a lot, I will put you to 1 facet, sit within the nook, wait until we name you once more?’ We have to assume.”
He continued: “The opposite captain (Holder) that we had mentioned he was affected by psychological fatigue. Perhaps simply as Kraigg misplaced the vice-captaincy and got here again when he was given the captaincy, it is likely to be a chance to let another person sit again, carry out as a participant to the most effective of their potential.
“They [Holder] in all probability could be indispensable within the crew within the all-rounder’s spot, so we have to look very fastidiously and guarantee that we don’t belittle anyone’s performances within the final collection now we have simply performed as a result of the so-called stars are coming again.
“There’s no person that’s now an computerized choice within the West Indies crew.”
West Indies host Sri Lanka in two Assessments on the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua between March 21 and April 2.
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