Though the West Indies team earned the lead of 114 runs at the end of their first innings of the ongoing Southampton Test against the hosts England, the Caribbean opener and Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite still feels that they will have to bat hard in the second innings to win this Test.
West Indies have shown strong character in the international cricket return as they scored 318 runs in their first innings after bundling out the English side for 204 runs in their first innings. Kraigg Brathwaite scored the highest runs during West Indies’ first innings of this match as the right-handed opening batsman scored 65 runs.
While England finished the day three with their second innings total of 15/0, and they are still trailing by 99 runs, Brathwaite feels that the pitch is still good to bat.
Admitting they were better in the first innings, the Caribbean Test vice-captain also believes that they still have to fight hard during their second innings of this Test.
At the end of the day three, Brathwaite claimed, “I still think it is a good pitch and tomorrow we will see how it plays. Archer bowled well, to be honest. In the second innings, when we come to bat we have to fight hard. We did well in the first innings and we will look to continue that.”
Apart from appreciating the English pacer Jofra Archer, who finished with the wicketless bowling figures (0/61) in that innings, Brathwaite also praised the senior English pacer James Anderson who picked up three wickets (3/62).
Brathwaite added, “I think it is challenging to roll, I think all the bowlers really playing a good effort. Jimmy (Anderson) obviously was in more fully areas at times like all our bowlers and the guys were quite aggressive.”
However, the most wicket-taker during the visitors’ first innings of this Test was the new English Test captain Ben Stokes. The right-arm pacer finished that innings with the bowling figures of 14-5-49-4.
Supporting each other is always a good feeling: Kraigg Brathwaite talking about his friendship with the Caribbean Test skipper
Kraigg Brathwaite and the Caribbean Test captain Jason Holder are childhood friends. While they know each other very well, these Test leaders now support each other to grow up the team.
Brathwaite said, “Me and Jason (Holder) are playing together probably under 11. I know his game and he knows mine. We make sure that we also share ideas and opinions that we may see, where we can do this and do that. Supporting each other is always a good feeling.”
The fourth day of the ongoing Southampton Test is going to be very crucial.