Cricket-Windies captain wants more fight from batsmen after series defeat

PUBLISHED: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 09:46:34 GMT

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, June 22 (Reuters) – West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite called on Tuesday on himself and his fellow batsmen to show more fight in their next test series after his team were comfortably beaten by South Africa in Saint Lucia.

South Africa won the second test by 148 runs on Monday to complete a 2-0 sweep after victory by an innings and 63 runs in the first.

Both matches were played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, where West Indies failed to score more than 165 runs in any of their four innings.

“Our plan was to bat better and build partnerships, have consistent partnership in between but we didn’t have any. We didn’t do our job as batsmen and we let the team down,” Brathwaite said on Tuesday.

“You cannot win them all but you still want to show fight and determination as batters, which we didn’t.”

Roston Chase, with 62 in the first test, and Kieran Powell, with 51 in the second, were the only Windies players to score half centuries.

West Indies host Pakistan in two tests in Jamaica in August. In between, they have limited overs series against South Africa and Australia.

“We’ve got to come back (against Pakistan), although it will be a tough one,” Brathwaite told a news conference.

“…It is still a learning process with a lot of young guys in the team. The main thing is batting. We were magnificent in the field, in taking catches and our bowling unit. We’ve got time now to buckle down and work on being more consistent.”

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by xx)

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