‘We didn’t show the fight’ – Brathwaite laments West Indies batting failures
West Indies Test captain, Kraigg Brathwaite
West Indies Test captain, Kraigg Brathwaite

THE West Indies batsmen, once again, produced a disappointing effort as they lost the second test in St. Lucia, on Monday, by 158 runs and the series (0-2) to South Africa.

Starting day four on 15 without loss and needing another 309 more to level the series, they once again capitulated and slumped to 165 all out in 58.3 overs. Their first innings of 149 in response to South Africa’s 298, lasted just 54 overs.

Speaking at the post-match presser, captain Kraigg Brathwaite indicated they did not produce a resistance with the bat.

“We were disappointing, but we have some time to work at home and come back and do better, but we got to show that fight. Sometimes it is not all about winning, but still, you want to see the fight and we didn’t show the fans the fight at all”, he contended.

In the first Test, West Indies were bowled out for 97 in their first innings, and in the chase of 324 in the second Test, they were at one stage 107-3.

With the team’s top score, of 51, opener Keiran Powell played a needless shot off the bowling of spinner Keshav Maharaj, to give him the first wicket of the hat-trick, and the innings clattered from thereon.

Such has been a custom over the years, and it has stayed as a bad habit, according to Brathwaite.

“If I could speak for myself, and I look at my dismissals, sometimes you get into bad habits as batsmen and it is got try and stay out of that as much as possible.”

The opener added, “what would be good is to work some technical stuff and when you do come back, you back it 100%, and the key is to trust it and back it 100% and believe we could do the job and that belief would bring more consistency.”

Since their 2-1 series win in 2019, against England, West Indies are still searching for another home series success. They lost to India (0-2); drew with Sri Lanka (0-0) and now lost to the Proteas (0-2).

Brathwaite, who was appointed full-time captain for the Sri Lanka series, indicated that it continues to be a learning experience and noted they cannot win all series but they still need to show fight as batsmen.

“We were magnificent in the field, from taking catches to the bowling unit but the batting let ourselves down and we can look at different dismissals as a batsman but we got to learn from them. It is still a learning process, still a number of young guys [and] some guys now coming back in but it wouldn’t use it as an excuse, we got to come better.”

Heading into the series, West Indies had moved to sixth on the Test rankings, ahead of South Africa. From August 12, they will play Pakistan, who are currently ranked fifth, in two Tests at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

The next immediate for West Indies camp will be five Twenty20 Internationals against the Proteas in Grenda from June 26.


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