West Indies Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite made an outright apology to the supporters of the team for their poor batting show in the latest home series loss to South Africa. Dean Elgar’s side completed a 2-0 whitewash in St Lucia with a victory by 158 runs, after the win in the first Test by an innings.
Kraigg Brathwaite, who himself registered scores of 15, 7, 0, and 6 in the series, lamented the dismal collective batting performances of his team, who couldn’t cross 200 even once in four innings. They were also bowled out for their lowest total against South Africa, 97, in the first Test.
“We’re very sorry. We were disappointing. We’ve got to come back and show that fight. Sometimes it’s not all about winning but you want to see the fight and we didn’t show the fans the fight. We’ve got to come back better,” Kraigg Brathwaite was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying.
Kraigg Brathwaite points out the positives from the series loss
Despite the batting annihilation, Kraigg Brathwaite has found a silver lining in the losses. He applauded the way his bowlers bowled and his fielders fielded; the skipper is content with his players giving their best in at least two of the three departments. He mentioned Kemar Roach, who was West Indies’ best bowler in the series, taking 9 wickets at 17.88 apiece.
“We were magnificent in the field. Kemar Roach was magnificent. Every time I asked the bowlers for a spell, they were always willing to do the job. And we took some very good catches. The bowling unit must be commended for the effort,” Kraigg Brathwaite added.
In preparation for the T20 World Cup, West Indies, led by Kieron Pollard in white-ball cricket, will now host South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan for 5 T20Is each. Their next Test assignment is against Pakistan in August in Jamaica.