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 can be key for his squad as they search to fight the Sri Lankan spin assault and finish the 12 months with a victory of their closing Take a look at right here on Monday.

He mentioned if the staff can persist with the sport plan, they will 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 wish to do and imagine that you are able to do it…and do it for lengthy durations as effectively…. I feel that’s the important thing. We gotta have the self-discipline and the combat 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 actually the important thing…. We bowled a variety of dangerous balls and we didn’t bat that effectively in that first sport in any respect and it’s nearly getting the 2 to mix, and the earlier we are able to try this and the extra constant we are able to try this, that will 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 combat 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 can be helpful within the subsequent Take a look at.

“By way of how they have been in a position to manoeuvre totally different balls was an excellent instance for us, and simply the combat that they confirmed. Coming again into that final sport, they usually 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 certain,” the right-handed batsman mentioned.

“I feel Bonner and Josh confirmed that after you have a strong defence, whether or not entrance foot or again foot, and you set the trouble in and the power into doing it, you’ll achieve success. It’s solely typically when doubt is available in, that’s when you possibly can slip up a bit….however it’s simply to make certain and to belief that defence mainly. 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 effectively partly, it’s simply to do it for an prolonged interval now.

“We had loads of discussions and one necessary factor is that you simply’ve received to defend loads of balls. So, I feel having a straight bat is one factor we mentioned which might be crucial, and sweeping as effectively, particularly the offspinner. Nevertheless it’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 nearly as good as we are able to do as a staff, so we all know will probably be a problem. However we’re up for the duty and we all know the place we have now to enhance. First innings whole as a batting unit is essential, particularly in these circumstances and we all know what we have now to do and enhance on for certain,” he mentioned.

The West Indies skipper added that successful the upcoming Take a look at is necessary, particularly given will probably be the final alternative this 12 months to get factors to go in direction of the World Take a look at Championship.

Of the three video games thus far, West Indies have received one and misplaced two.

“So it’s necessary to complete robust, by way of 2021, and be absolutely targeted…. As soon as we are able to persist with our plan as batters and bowlers and fielders, we’ll do effectively,” Brathwaite mentioned.

“I feel we confirmed good progress in 2021. It was not an excellent collection in opposition to South Africa. We bounced again first rate in opposition to Pakistan. In Bangladesh we received that collection 2-nil. It’s a first rate 12 months thus far. Successful this sport…can 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 effectively right here is essential for us,” he added.

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