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Friday, June 25, 2021

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NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has pointed to Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers as the brand new talismen of the West Indies Check squad, and believes they embody the colourful tradition permeating the unit in current months.

Bonner struck his maiden Check hundred and Mayers chipped in with a half-century, the pair sharing a crucial hundred-run partnership as West Indies batted your complete last day to attract the opening Check towards Sri Lanka right here Thursday.

The performances adopted on the heels of a profitable tour of Bangladesh final month the place Bonner averaged almost 58 to be Man-of-the-Collection and Mayers struck an unbeaten double hundred on debut.

“It reveals that the fellows have numerous struggle. Coming from Bangladesh, many occasions we batted over 90 overs,” Brathwaite mentioned following Thursday’s last day on the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

“I assumed at present we batted near 90 overs once more and that is a optimistic and I believe these guys are main the way in which – Bonner and Kyle Mayers.

“Solely in three video games [in their careers] however they’re setting the usual excessive and it is for all of the batsmen to observe – and the group.

“I believe these are optimistic steps for West Indies cricket and as soon as our perspective is correct, the sky is the restrict.”

Bonner made 31 within the first innings and adopted up with an unbeaten 113 within the second, beginning the day on 15 and defying the Sri Lankan bowlers in a chance-less innings to achieve the landmark simply over an hour after tea.

He shared a 105-run, third-wicket stand with Mayers who stroked 52 to observe up his first innings 45, and lengthen the prolific begin to his fledgling Check profession.

Set 375 for victory, West Indies completed on 236 for 4 after resuming from their in a single day 34 for one, and Brathwaite mentioned he was happy with the end result.

“We’re on the lookout for wins to be sincere [but] I am glad by way of going into the final day – we would have liked over 300 runs and so they wanted 9 wickets,” he identified.

“So I’m pleased with the perspective we confirmed at present and the self-discipline from Bonner. He performed a exceptional innings however I do know what he is able to. He has my full help.

“I used to be pleased with the end result coming into the final day needing over 300 runs. I am blissful we got here away with a draw.”

West Indies had managed the primary two days of the encounter earlier than Sri Lanka bit again on day three and 4, piling up 476 of their second innings to place the house facet beneath strain.

However regardless of being stored within the subject for almost 150 overs, Brathwaite mentioned his facet by no means buckled and confirmed the resilience required even throughout these troublesome moments.

“I believe [Wednesday’s fourth] night actually summed it up for me,” the veteran opener defined.

“We had a troublesome time within the subject. We fielded numerous overs and after tea, Kemar Roach [led] the way in which, popping out with a optimistic perspective. Clearly he was drained [but] we bought a breakthrough and from there that summed it up for me.

“By way of the variety of overs we needed to subject and we nonetheless had that perspective we wished to do it for West Indies, I used to be fairly happy with that.”

He added: “I assumed Kemar and Jason [Holder] they led the way in which with their self-discipline by way of their strains and lengths. Within the second innings we missed one or two possibilities – that can occur.”

West Indies tackle Sri Lanka within the second Check beginning Monday on the similar venue, trying to find a victory what would hand them their first collection win over the Asian facet in almost twenty years.

Brathwaite, in his first collection as full-time captain, mentioned self-discipline and perspective would once more be crucial to the house facet’s efficiency.

“I simply assume we must be disciplined in each innings as a result of clearly you wish to get 20 wickets,” he defined.

“So it is only for us to return to the drafting board and have a look at plans and the way we may have accomplished issues a little bit in another way and are available out once more with the identical perspective as a result of I’m fairly pleased with the perspective we’ve as a unit and we simply need to continue to grow.

“We cannot at all times get wins however I am blissful that we got here out into this final day with a draw. It actually reveals the struggle this group has.”

He added: “I would like the boys to get some good relaxation. It is vital we get a very good restoration in however popping out into the second sport as a bowling unit it’s [about] self-discipline, in between with some aggression.

“And it is for the batters to have that perspective and have that dedication like we confirmed at present, like we confirmed in Bangladesh. I believe these are key issues.

“Check cricket will not at all times be simple. Will probably be powerful however that mindset [is important] and Bonner and Kyle Mayers are main the way in which and we simply need to observe.”

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