NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC):
Head coach Phil Simmons has praised the maturity of West Indies’ batting within the simply concluded Sri Lanka collection, pointing to a brand new starvation from batsmen for giant scores and their rising capacity to bat for lengthy intervals.
The 2-match collection completed in a nil-all draw after West Indies batted your complete ultimate day of the opening Take a look at to save lots of that contest and Sri Lanka responded in form by additionally irritating the hosts on the final day of the second Take a look at, which ended Good Friday.
“The largest takeaway is that we are able to bat on a fifth day pitch to save lots of a sport, to attract a Take a look at match and it’s one thing we haven’t carried out for some time and we wanted to verify we had been in a position to do it,” Simmons mentioned.
“After which the perspective of the crew retains rising, the perspective of men eager to make runs and wanting to attain a whole bunch, and it was good to see the captain (Kraigg Brathwaite) getting 100 after an extended barren interval.”
He added: “The power to bat and rating the runs we needed to [also impressed me]. We talked about scoring 400 in a primary innings and 350 in a primary innings and we did that in a single.
“However simply the overall perspective in the direction of batting on the entire in Take a look at matches, it retains enhancing.”
West Indies obtained a half-century from all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall within the first innings of the opening Take a look at and a maiden Take a look at hundred from Nkrumah Bonner within the second innings, with rookie Kyle Mayers chipping in with a half-century.
Set an unbelievable 375 to win, West Indies resumed the ultimate day on 34 for one and simply noticed out the three periods with an achieved batting effort.
Brathwaite was the spotlight of the second Take a look at, hitting 126 within the first innings to notch his ninth hundred and following up with 85 within the second innings.
There was additionally a primary innings fifty for Cornwall whereas Mayers and former captain Jason Holder additionally scored half-centuries within the second innings as West Indies declared on 280 for 4.
Simmons mentioned there was now a typical theme among the many batting group the place they recognised it was necessary to spend time on the crease as a way to collect runs.
“I believe the necessary factor now could be that everyone’s seeking to occupy the crease. Individuals need to bat for lengthy intervals,” Simmons identified.
“And our depth goes deeper as a result of Alzarri Joseph and Rahkeem Cornwall have proven inside the final three collection that they will every bat they usually can present that 50-100 run partnership later right down to take us to the 350s and 400s.
“So it was nice to see Rahkeem’s batting coming to the fore and in all, the batting has stood up within the final 4 Take a look at matches and it is a great point as a result of earlier than that, the bowling was carrying us.”