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SA v WI – Brathwaite – ‘Vital that we take management of each hour’

The West Indies Check staff arrived in Centurion after a disappointing tour of Australia after which a collection win in Zimbabwe, and can now come up towards a changed-up South Africa aspect. However captain Kraigg Brathwaite insists that his staff is not going to be specializing in the previous — that of their very own or their opponents’ — or look too far forward into the longer term, laying emphasis on “controlling each hour”.

“I believe Australia is clearly historical past and the Check collection in Zimbabwe, clearly a special caliber staff, it was good to get a collection with them. I believe wanting right here on the South African staff, they nonetheless have numerous expertise,” Brathwaite stated on the press convention earlier than the primary Check. “They have world class bowlers and a few high quality batsmen, so we now have to play some superb Check cricket and it’s important that we take management of each hour and we do not take into consideration the massive image. If we take management of each hour, each session, I believe we are able to do nicely.”

West Indies’ batting was a priority towards Australia, however they put up a significantly better present towards Zimbabwe, with Brathwaite himself getting an enormous century and his new opening associate Tagenarine Chanderpaul notching his maiden Check ton, which he went on to transform to a double.

Raymon Reifer additionally hit two half-centuries, and there have been fifties from Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase within the collection. And within the apply sport in Benoni forward of the South Africa collection, Joshua Da Silva and Jason Holder additionally hit half-centuries.

“We’re actually wanting ahead to difficult ourselves. Australia not being one of the best of excursions, so we all know what we now have to do to enhance as batsmen. We look ahead to this collection,” Brathwaite stated.

“It is essential clearly as openers to set the muse for the staff. We look ahead to doing it. Tage [Chanderpaul] had a improbable begin and we need to proceed and make West Indies proud,” he stated about West Indies’ new opening partnership.

“It will be significant that we now have a staff effort in South Africa. So it is good to see the highest order getting some scores in Zimbabwe and the middle-order within the apply video games earlier than the primary Check. It is nice. It is essential we put all of the items collectively on this collection.”

He stated that Reifer, who’s seeking to lock down the No. 3 spot within the West Indies staff, might be wanting so as to add extra massive scores to his identify after his success towards Zimbabwe.

“It’s nice to have him get some scores and I do know he might be hungry for extra success. Hope he can get to spend a while on the crease and it’s important for him to hold on with these begins.”

Brathwaite was optimistic about his bowling assault, however stated that sustaining self-discipline with the ball was crucial, brushing away strategies that South Africa’s batting line-up is a vulnerability they’ll expose.

“I do suppose we now have some superb bowlers. And I believe we look ahead to bowling at any batting lineup on the planet,” he stated. “We cannot be specializing in what the groups have completed up to now. It is essential that we hit our straps and self-discipline is essential. Earlier than we go excited about too many issues when it comes to their batting lineup, I believe we have to keep on with our plans and the outcomes will maintain itself.”

Brathwaite was additionally excited concerning the two new gamers in West Indies’ squad — allrounder Alick Athanaze and quick bowler Akeem Jordan.

“Very thrilling to have two guys who’ve completed nicely in our top quality season. It’s nice to have them and they’re additionally wanting ahead to the expertise,” he stated.

Within the West Indies Championship, their home First Class match, Athanaze is second on the run-charts with 244 runs in two video games, whereas Jordan leads the wicket tally with 12 scalps in two video games.



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