Joe Root Praised Kraigg Brathwaite For Playing Brilliantly In Both Innings As The West Indies Skipper Scored 160 And 56*
“It was annoying how good he was,” Root said. “He (Kraigg Brathwaite) played brilliantly in both innings and didn’t give us many opportunities. He had a clear game-plan and stuck to it very well.“It’s frustrating but there’s a lot of respect for the way he went about it. Credit to West Indies, they fought very hard in two brilliant Test matches, and it should be a brilliant final one of the series.”
Kraigg Brathwaite, the player of the match, admitted he had not been aware of the scale of his achievement until he returned to the West Indies dressing-room at the end of the match, having batted for a total of 15 hours and 45 minutes across his two innings, and been on the field of play for all but 21 overs.
“I heard it when I went in, that’s amazing to hear,” he said. “Obviously I’ve put in a lot of work over the years, and to do it at home is a quite pleasant feeling, especially having family here, so I’m very happy and thankful.”
“It was good that, after England put up 500, we as a team could fight and put 400 back,” Brathwaite said. “That’s the attitude we want, and the fans want to see. Once you continuously have the right attitude, our Test [results] will go up.“
England also have won just one Test out of their last 16. However, Joe Root singled out Dan Lawrence – who starred with the bat in both innings, as well as with the ball and in the field – as a particular example of the strides the team has made.
“I think he’s been wonderful,” Joe Root said. “One of the most pleasing things is how selfless he’s been throughout this series. He’s always tried to put the team first”
“It was just really pleasing to see us make a substantial first-innings total for the first time in a long time,” Root added, after England had declared on 507 for 9. “So long may that continue. The guys have gained a lot of confidence from it and hopefully we can replicate it again, and again, and again.”
Joe Root also praised England’s two debutant seamers, Matt Fisher and Saqib Mahmood, who stuck to their tasks well across both innings. In the first innings, Matt Fisher had picked a scalp of John Campbell while Saqib Mahmood took 2 scalps in both innings.
“I think they were brilliant,” Joe Root said.
Joe Root Pleased With Jack Leach’s Performance In The Test
“We’ll have to see what kind of wicket we get, and weigh what we think is the best way to take 20 wickets,” Joe Root said. “But it’s really pleasing to see Jack play the way he has.”