Self-discipline and endurance key to overcoming Sri Lanka spin assault, says Brathwaite


GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC) – West Indies Take a look at captain Kraigg Brathwaite says self-discipline, defending balls and stayin on the crease for prolonged durations will likely be key for his squad as they search to fight the Sri Lankan spin assault and finish the yr with a victory of their ultimate Take a look at right here on Monday.

He mentioned if the staff can keep on with the sport plan, they’ll bounce again and win the second Take a look at to keep away from one other collection loss.

“The plan is to be clear on what you need to do and imagine that you are able to do it…and do it for lengthy durations as properly…. I feel that’s the important thing. We gotta have the self-discipline and the battle to do it for over two periods, over three periods. I feel that’s crucial for us,” the Windies skipper mentioned forward of the match.

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“I feel self-discipline is absolutely the important thing…. We bowled various unhealthy balls and we didn’t bat that properly in that first recreation in any respect and it’s nearly getting the 2 to mix, and the earlier we will try this and the extra constant we will try this, that may be very, very essential.”

West Indies misplaced the primary Take a look at at Galle Worldwide Stadium by 187 runs after their high order fared badly, managing solely 100 for six within the first innings and slumping to 18 for six within the second.

Regardless of middle-order batter Nkrumah Bonner’s second-innings 220-ball, four-and-a-half-hour defiant knock, and wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva’s supporting battle within the decrease order after the Caribbean males resumed the ultimate day on 52-6, West Indies have been unable to beat the house facet.

However Brathwaite mentioned the staff had discovered some classes from Bonner and Da Silva that will likely be helpful within the subsequent Take a look at.

“By way of how they have been capable of manoeuvre completely different balls was an excellent instance for us, and simply the battle that they confirmed. Coming again into that final recreation, and so they bringing us from [18 for 6], I feel that was commendable. As a batting group, trying on it was good to see, and clearly one thing to study from going ahead for positive,” the right-handed batsman mentioned.

“I feel Bonner and Josh confirmed that after getting a strong defence, whether or not entrance foot or again foot, and you place the hassle in and the power into doing it, you’ll achieve success. It’s solely typically when doubt is available in, that’s when you would slip up a bit….however you realize it’s simply to make certain and to belief that defence principally. That’s what the fellows did for all that interval they batted. Unhealthy balls will bowl and you’re going to get runs. We did it properly partly, it’s simply to do it for an prolonged interval now.

“We had a number of discussions and one necessary factor is that you simply’ve received to defend a number of balls. So, I feel having a straight bat is one factor we mentioned which might be crucial, and sweeping as properly, particularly the offspinner. But it surely’s simply to be clear and be assured in whether or not [you’re playing] ahead or again,” he added.

Brathwaite acknowledged that beating Sri Lank wouldn’t be simple, however potential.

“We didn’t do pretty much as good as we will do as a staff, so we all know it is going to be a problem. However we’re up for the duty and we all know the place we have now to enhance. First innings complete as a batting unit is essential, particularly in these situations and we all know what we have now to do and enhance on for positive,” he mentioned.

The West Indies skipper added that profitable the upcoming Take a look at is necessary, particularly given it is going to be the final alternative this yr to get factors to go in direction of the World Take a look at Championship.

Of the three video games to this point, West Indies have gained one and misplaced two.

“So it’s necessary to complete sturdy, when it comes to 2021, and be totally centered…. As soon as we will keep on with our plan as batters and bowlers and fielders, we are going to do properly,” Brathwaite mentioned.

“I feel we confirmed good progress in 2021. It was not an excellent collection towards South Africa. We bounced again respectable towards Pakistan. In Bangladesh we gained that collection 2-nil. It’s a respectable yr to this point. Successful this recreation…will likely be very essential from a factors perspective for the Take a look at Championship. I feel as a staff we’ve made some strides and I feel that’s most necessary. As soon as the group stays collectively and retains constructing that unit, I feel that’s essential for the staff however ending properly right here is essential for us,” he added.

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