South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Leon Johnson urges Windies batsmen to perform better

Shashi / 21 December 2014

Newly recruited left-hander Leon Johnson has lamented the West Indies’ wastefulness after their batsmen threw away good momentum to be banged over affordably on the 3rd day of the starting Test against South Africa.

The top five batsmen all crossed 20 runs but none managed to change their innings into a game changing score as West Indies collapsed for 201 runs in their 1st innings on Friday where in reply to South Africa’s huge 552 runs for the loss of five wickets declared, CMCreported.

Leon Johnson, who was among the offenders with 31 in an hour at the crease it was thwart because the 1st round pummel got into the 30s but no one transferred on but that is just how it carries sometimes.

He thinks come this innings they have got to set that right, they have got to get in and play very stable innings.

Caribbean were given a good momentum by openers Devon Smith, who top-scored with 35, and Kraigg Brathwaite, who got 34, as they put on 71 runs for the 1st wicket.

They were both got out in the gap of 13 balls with just one run adding, but Caribbeans reunited to 162 runs for 3 wickets before losing their last 7 wickets for 39 runs. Marlon Samuels nicked in with 33 runs while veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 21 runs.

Johnson in only his second Test for West Indies it is tough to put the finger on precisely what it is but if anyone bat a span of time and he gets in and get himself out, it is probably a mental disaster somewhere along the line.

Kraigg and Devon Smith and gave them a stage to launch from but unluckily, as he said, the guys got in and then got out. It was very crucial they saw off the new ball as openers usually do, it is just unluckily they did not exploit.

Johnson was leading the Caribbeans fight at the close, having occupied the pitch for 73 balls and hit six fours in his 33 runs (Not Out).

 

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