West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has said that tackling the Indian spinners on turning pitches will play a vital role in the hosts’ chances in the upcoming four-Test series.
Brathwaite said that while they have failed to perform satisfactorily against spinners in the past, they are in a better position now. He said that head coach Phil Simmons has been helping the batsmen to tackle spinners efficiently.
“Spin has plotted our downfall over the last two years, but I think we’ve gotten better,” Brathwaite said. “The coach has done a good job by getting a few batters in even during the offseason, and the focus has been on playing spin better. It’s a matter of us having a few options to each delivery, being patient and playing the waiting game.”
West Indies’ last Test series against Australia, which they lost by 2-0, was disastrous and Brathwaite was one of the few players who had a good outing in the series. Brathwaite made his debut on the boxing day Test match Melbourne by scoring 59 and followed it with an attacking 69 in Sydney. After losing the first Test by an innings and 212 runs, West Indies’s performance in the next two Tests.
Recalling the series, Brathwaite said:”As a team, we ended that tour on a high note, but transforming it now from Australia to West Indies will be a challenge.The pitches are slow here and the Indians will attack with spin, unlike Australia who went with pace. So it’s about being patient for us.”
The West Indies selectors have named a young side for the series. Apart from captain Jason Holder, other pacers are quite inexperienced and Brathwaite will have to take extra responsibility to help his team.
Brathwaite said they have made plans for every Indian batsman and they are looking forward to executing them.
“Bowling plans are important because India, undoubtedly, are one of the more strong batting line-ups in the world both home and away. Unfortunately or fortunately, conditions here aren’t too different from India now, but we have our plans for each batsman. It’s about executing the plans and keeping at it even if things don’t go our way.
“It’s a lot tougher challenge than our regional first-class cricket. It’s about being patient and understanding momentum. When you’re on top, you stay on top. If the other team is on top, it takes just one good hour to wrest the momentum. Once we understand ebbs and flows of the game, we should do well to put smiles on the faces of the West Indies fans.”